This book deals with the crucial issue of discrimination between marriage systems in Nigeria. Although the title of the book suggests that it focuses on Muslim and Christian marriages, it also considers customary and statutory marriages. The author presents the book in a legalistic manner so that it appears that the book is directed at a legal audience. The main thrust of the book is that parties to Christian marriages in Nigeria are discriminated against vis-à-vis parties to Muslim marriages and customary marriages. The author observes that the 2000 Nigerian Census reflects that the Nigerian population comprises 45.9 percent Christians, 43.9 percent Muslims and 9.8 percent traditional religions. More recently, the CIA World Fact Book indicates that the religious communities in Nigeria consist of fifty percent Muslims, forty percent Christians and ten percent indigenous beliefs. The author argues that the discrimination violates the 1999 Federal Constitution of Nigeria and that it can only be remedied by equalising the position of Christian marriages in relation to Muslim and customary marriages. The Nigerian Constitution protects freedom of religion and prohibits citizens from being advantaged or disadvantaged on the basis of religion. Equality along with freedom and justice are regarded as
Religion and Human Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2012
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