Christians in the northern state of Borno said on Sunday they would disobey Sharia law, which took effect there on 1 June, especially since they were not consulted on its implementation, AFP reported.
The Borno chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria said in a statement that it rejected assurance by Muslims that Christians would not be affected by Sharia. The close daily contact between the two communities made it impossible for Christians to remain unaffected, it said.
At least 10 Nigerian states have already started to implement Sharia, while two others - Gombe and Bauchi - have announced plans to do so, in the face of strong opposition from Christians, AFP reported.
Muslim youths in Borno went on a rampage on Friday because some dignitaries were absent from a ceremony marking the formal implementation of Islamic law, 'The Guardian', a Lagos daily, reported.