In Kano, Nigeria, 55 people have been arrested and convicted for alcohol consumption in violation of Sharia law. Making the violation more serious in the view of the Sharia “judges” is the fact that they were drinking during Ramadan. They received four months in prison for failing to live up to the religious demands of their government.
There are reportedly 27 others who have also been arrested in the Sharia crackdown.
It is not enough that a government protects the right of people to practice Islam. For these officials, it is essential to force others to adhere to their religion.