Emmanuel Macron, President of France, has asked Muslim leaders in the country to accept the “charter of Republican values” as part of efforts to stop radical Islam.
France has in recent times recorded beheadings and stabbings by Muslim immigrants, who disagree with the freedom of expression, which allows French citizens to draw cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.
The French Council of the Muslim Faith in response to Macron’s request has agreed to create a council which will issue Imams with official accreditation that can be withdrawn at any time.
The charter states that Islam is a religion and not a political movement, while also prohibiting “foreign interference” in Muslim groups in France.
As part of his efforts to keep France free from radical Islam, Macron announced restrictions on home-schooling and harsher punishments for those, who intimidate public officials on religious grounds, giving children an identification number under the law that would be used to ensure they were attending school.
Parents, who break the law could face up to six months in jail as well as large fines and a ban on sharing the personal information of a person in a way that allows them to be located by people, who want to harm them.
THE SAME TIME IN NIGERIA;
The United Forum of Kano Islamic Clerics has asked the state government to stop the teaching of French in schools across the state.
The clerics, who also asked for all ties with France to be cut by the state government, demanded that all students learning French should be compelled to switch to the Arabic Language as a form of protest for a blasphemous cartoon in the European country.
A 47-year-old middle school teacher in France, Samuel Paty, was on October 16, 2020, beheaded by an 18-year-old Muslim for showing his pupils a cartoon, which Muslims claimed depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bad light.
President Emmanuel Macron in his reaction to the incident said, “We will not give up caricatures and drawings even if others back away.
“Paty was a quiet hero and face of the Republic.”
He went ahead to present the teacher’s family with the nation’s highest honour, the Légion d’honneur.
But Macron’s comment about Islam being “in crisis” and his defence of the offensive caricature, which Muslims find offensive, has prompted a global backlash, with adherents of the religion across the world holding protests and calling for a boycott of French products.
Visiting the Kano State House of Assembly on Thursday, the Islamic group led by Sheik Ibrahim Shehu Mai Hula condemned France for its handling of the issue.
The Islamic clerics in a bid to show their disdain for France called for the sack of a French coach attached to Kano Pillars Football Club.
Responding after receiving the clerics’ submission, Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa, Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, said a committee will be set up to look into their demands.
Kano is one of the most extreme religious states in Nigeria.