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Abstract

This article examines the introduction of Sharia'h law in northern Nigeria, both in regard to the fundamental legal provisions of the Nigeria constitution and also as to the international rights conventions to which Nigeria is a signatory. The relationship between the new Sharia'h laws enacted in all 19 northern Nigerian states and the human rights provisions in the 1999 Constitution will be examined under five parameters: the general constitutional provision, protection of freedom of religion the federal status of Nigeria the Islamic state issue, and the politics of the Sharia'h law debate. The Zarnfara state law will be used as representative of the laws of other states, as it was the first state to introduce the new laws.

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