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Don’t Assent To Burial Bill, Islamic Clerics Tell el-Rufai



Council of Imam and Ulama has appealed to the governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai not to assent to the Burial Bill passed by the State House of Assembly.

The council in a communiqué issued at the end of its general meeting held in Kaduna yesterday stated that the entire Muslim Ummah condemned the provisions of the bill.

The communiqué which was signed by the council’s secretary, Yusuf Yakubu Arrigasiyyu and chairman, Shaykh Ibrahim Nakaka respectively said the bill is not in conformity with the teachings of the Prophet.

The communiqué further explained that despite the council’s earlier objection to the bill, the State Assembly went ahead to pass it into law.

The bill which was passed by the State House of Assembly was to regulate the burial of persons whose deaths are register-able and still born children whose births if they had been born alive would have been register-able.

The burial bill would ensure that the birth of a child and death of a person shall be registered by the registrar of births and deaths of the local government area and that immediately upon registering any death or receiving information of birth of any still born child, the registrar shall issue a certificate in form A of the schedule of the law for the burial of the body.

“Unless a magistrate or medical officer in writing order otherwise, no body of a deceased person whose death is register-able or a still born child whose birth if he had been born alive would have been register-able shall be buried or otherwise disposed of until a certificate is granted by the registrar or an order is made by the coroner.”

“Any person contravening the provisions of this subsection shall on conviction be liable to fine of not less than fifty thousand naira (50,000) only,” the bill stated.

The bill further explained that any person who willfully buries or otherwise disposes off the body of any deceased child though born alive, as if it were still born shall on conviction, be liable to a fine of not less than fifty thousand naira (N50,000) only.

In the communiqué, the council also resolved that only credible individuals should be appointed into various positions in the federal and state levels to avoid the mistakes of the last administration.

The council which frowned at the lingering crisis in Kajuru and other parts of Kaduna State appealed to government to bring to an end the crisis.

“ As the month of Ramadan is fast approaching, the Council is advising all its members to use the Tafsir period as a medium to preach peace, unity, tolerance and brotherhood among Muslims and Nigerians to avoid making statements capable of creating division, disunity and misunderstanding amongst the people,” the council added.



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