In subsequent years, the Biafra agitations have been used for all manner of purposes.From a means of drawing attention to genuine concerns of a people within the Nigerian federal system, to an avenue for criminality, ethnocentrism and a political tool for self-aggrandisement.This culture is embedded in certain common beliefs that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is His messenger.
They explain this male biased innovation by a number of un-Quranic justifications.
Some say that this privilege is given to the man because the child takes the religion of his father and not his mother, and thus a Muslim man may marry a non Muslim woman but still have the child raised as a Muslim, while as if a Muslim woman married a Christian man for example, the child would be raised as a Christian. Do not (you men) marry the mushrikaat (women who commit shirk) until they believe; a believing slave woman is better than a mushrikah even if you like her, and do not (you women) marry the mushrikeen until they believe; a believing slave man is better than a mushrik even if you like him.
Almost immediately, this provided opportunity for a free-for-all, with attendant dangers reminiscent of the altercations in 1966 and ensuing violence that led to the declaration of Biafra and a 30-month gruelling Civil War.
We cannot afford to get anywhere close to reincarnating that grotesque phase of our history.
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