Religion and the Making of Nigeria
Sharia Politics, Obasanjo’s PDP Federal Government, and the 1999 Constitution
This chapter explores the serious implications of sharia for democratic governance and modern development during Nigeria’s Fourth Republic. It provides a detailed analysis of the politics of sharia during the two-term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo, focusing attention on critical issues such as gender, ethnicity, regionalism, national (dis)integration, community development, and Christian-Muslim relations. The chapter also examines the decline of the expanded sharia policies of the twelve Northern Muslim states.