This Day (Lagos)

25 June 2011

Nigeria: 'Islamic Bank, Plot to Islamize Country'

Delta State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (C.A.N.) has alleged that the decision to establish the first Islamic bank in Nigeria was in furtherance of the plot to Islamize the country.

The state branch of the authoritative umbrella of Christian groups in Nigeria further accused the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Alhaji Lamido Sanusi of planning to destabilize the country's banking sector through the unwarranted establishment of an Islamic bank.

The CAN located leaders said they would not mince words in expressing their strong misgivings about the action of the CBN governor and vowed to protest the development through all legal avenues possible.

Speaking at a press conference, Thursday evening in Warri, Delta State CAN Chairman, Arch Bishop God-do-well Avwomakpa, disclosed that CAN was planning a protest march to Abuja to register its strong opposition to establishment of the religious bank.

The leaders addressed the press shortly after rising from an executive meeting of the state CAN.

The CBN governor was obviously intent on Islamizing Nigeria by using his privileged office to establish the contentious bank, the Christian leaders said unanimously.

Sanusi has by his action acted outside the laws of the land by disregarding the constitutional provisions that affirm the secularity of Nigeria , the CAN leader claimed.

"It is so disheartening that the removal of competitive and influential banks' managing directors has culminated in the establishment of Islamic banking in Nigeria ."

"This is a huge surprise to Nigerians who thought that the CBN governor was overhauling the banking system for effective and efficient banking", he lamented.

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