The paper will attempt to investigate the degree to which there is significant relationship between religion and the rule. The problem between religion and the rule of law lies in the way they are enforced. Law is backed by a threat of socially organized physical coercion and sanctions. Considering divergence in religious believes, the application of certain laws seems problematic even when it is believed that all are equal before the law. In some Islamic states in the north sharia law is applied which is inconsistent with the secular nature of Nigeria. There is an argument that the validity of religious rules is based upon Divine will; but if these rules are adopted by state law, their validity derives from the (secular) legislator.

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