Many corners assume , that by the next elections, the numbers of candidates, may be more than the number of voters , but that’s on a hilarious note , but this sublime assumption is largely connected to the rising number of aspirants especially for the position of the Presidency as the 2023 general elections draw closer.
On May 6th, 2022, the former Governor of Zamfara state, Ahmed Yerima made some clarifications on the backdrop of his introduction of Sharia Law into the state, this was done after a meeting with President Buhari as reported. In Yerima’s words :
“On the issue of Sharia, I’m a Muslim and I say everywhere I go, that I am a Muslim and I want to die as a Muslim. Like I said, I’m going to fight the problem of ignorance and this is one of them.
“People don’t know; a lot of people don’t know that the constitution of Nigeria, section 38, has provided for freedom of religion, including the freedom to change your religion if you want to, to practise alone, or in community with others, in private or in public.
“So, as governor of the state, I followed the constitutional provision, prepared a law, sent it to the state assembly and they passed it into law and I implemented what the constitution of Nigeria has given me the powers to do, even in Zamfara state.
“I have never, never required or asked or forced any Christian to follow Islamic faith because I would have done an unconstitutional act.
“So, if I’m elected, by the grace of God, I’m going to be elected under the constitution and I’m going to take an oath to protect and defend the constitution of Nigeria. I will never do anything unconstitutional.”