Posted by: becketfund | October 7, 2007

Nigeria: Playwright’s Shari’a Satire Banned

Agence France-Presse reports that Shehu Sani, a Nigerian playwright, has been banned from selling, showing or circulating his play, “Phantom Crescent”, a satire which implies that Nigerian politicians favor the implementation of Shari’a law as a way to protect themselves from potential opposition when they abuse their political power. Sani plans to contest the ban in court today (Tuesday). Since 1999, twelve of Nigeria’s states have introduced a strict version of Shari’a law, and most of the northern part of the country now follows the Islamic legal system.

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