Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Experts Restate Great Future of Islamic Banking in the Country

An Islamic finance expert Hadiza Garba Laka has said the non-interest banking (Islamic-banking) has great potential for the Nigerian economy.

Hadiza Garba Laka of Lotus Capital Limited, who was delivering a paper recently at a public lecture organized by the Jama'atul Ta'awunil Muslimeen in Abuja, pointed out that Islamic banking has witnessed real time growth in UK, USA and Malaysia.

Also speaking at the lecture, Malam Mohammad Lawal Shaibu, an expert on Islamic banking and investment, said the interest-free banking is not a preserve of Muslims, explaining that the banking system is operated by Christians abroad since it is all about business.

Dr. Tawfeeq AbdulAzeez of University of Abuja, who was represented by Abu Mazeedatul Khayr said Islam prohibits usury because the religion is a complete way of life.

Malam Mosur Olaide, representing the Director General of the National Space and Research Development Agency, (NASRDA) Dr Saidu.O. Mohammad maintained that if conducted honestly and given a chance, Islamic banking will bring high moral ethos into the Nigerian market.

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