FACT-CHECK: Did Tinubu promise to extend sharia rule to Southern Nigeria?

CLAIM: A Twitter person, @UchePOkoye, on Saturday, claimed that Bola Tinubu promised the Supreme Council for Sharia that Sharia rule can be prolonged to the South.



The tweet learn, “Why would Tinubu make guarantees to Supreme Council for Sharia down South? Tinubu is a harmful and determined man who can do something to have energy”

The tweep hooked up a screenshot traced to a report by Vanguard Newspaper. The tweet received about 1,300 retweets and over 2000 likes.

Tinubu is the Presidential Candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) within the 2023 common elections. He emerged as candidate within the get together’s main election which was held on June 7 in Abuja.

His alternative of former governor of Borno state, Kashim Shetimma as his working mate has brought on a stir on social media with many commentators condemning a Muslim-Muslim ticket. They argue that it’s an utter disregard for Christians within the nation.

Supporters of Tinubu nonetheless downplay the importance of faith within the nation’s political life. They keep that monitor report and competence ought to take centre stage in political discussions resulting in the election, relatively than faith or ethnicity.


The screenshot posted by the tweep to assist his declare that Tinubu intends to increase sharia to the South was from a report by Vanguard Newspaper, by which Tinubu reportedly urged Muslim leaders to create departments of Political Affairs.

The report was printed on March 19, 2022, months earlier than Tinubu emerged as a Presidential candidate.

In the meantime, Tinubu was not on the stated occasion. As an alternative, he was reportedly represented by the Asiwaju Musulumi (a frontrunner of Muslims) of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states, Chief Tunde Badmus.

Badmus reportedly spoke on the Annual Nationwide Convention and Pre-Ramadan assembly of the Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria (SCSN), held at GMT resort in Osogbo, Osun State.

Badmus was quoted thus: “Different spiritual teams have commenced political sensitization by creating political departments or directorates amongst themselves to advertise their very own. It’s best to create a political wing amongst your self so that it’s going to additional gear your participation in politics, it will likely be a superb platform to assist your brothers who’re vying for political positions”.

If hypothetically, Badmus was on the occasion to convey Tinubu’s actual ideas, the postulation that he needs to increase sharia is inaccurate because the report is clearly not about extending Sharia to the South, however merely a name to Muslim associations within the nation to create political departments. This may be likened to the Directorate of Politics, of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

It is usually worthy of be aware that Tinubu, presumably represented by Badmus, made the decision just a few days after the RCCG introduced the institution of the Directorate of politics, which in line with the Church, “is to assist coordinate the engagement of our people who find themselves keen to be concerned in politics in addition to mobilise assist for them when required.”

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In response to the report by Vanguard, and printed by different media outfits, the division, as defined by Badmus on the Islamic occasion was “to create political consciousness amongst faithfuls in direction of producing a Muslim President in 2023.”


Tinubu by no means promised to increase Sharia to the South, as a substitute, in line with the report quoted within the declare, he appealed to an Islamic affiliation, the Supreme Council for Sharia, to create a political division, with the intention to mobilise the assist of Muslims for him and different Muslims vying for political places of work.

By: Oluwatobi Odeyinka

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