The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria has accused the President of Nigeria General Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of attempting to Islamize Nigeria on a clandestine note. The Christian Association of Nigeria has strongly kicked against the floating of the Islamic bond by the Federal Government.
It alleged that the move has further confirmed its fears that the government was planning to Islamize the country through the back door. The Christian Association of Nigeria in a statement by its General Secretary, Rev. Musa Asake, demanded the abrogation of the laws and framework behind the bond and threatened to seek legal redress if that was not done.
The Christian Association of Nigeria spokesman stated that Nigeria was a secular state and the government was expected to be neutral on issues involving religion.
According to his words; “The Christian Association of Nigeria has been protesting against this aberration since the Osun State Government, under Governor Rafiu Aregbesola, embarked on this violation of the Constitution.
Rather than stand in the defense of the constitution, it is disappointing to note that the Federal Government of Nigeria is pursuing what is an outright confirmation of an Islamisation agenda.
Therefore, the manipulations and scheming to smuggle the country into a full blown Islamic state should stop; these manipulations became apparent with the smuggling of Nigeria into the Organisation of Islamic Conference in 1986 by the Ibrahim Babangida military junta,” The Christian Association of Nigeria spokesman said in a press briefing.
According to him, the FG must dismantle all legal and institutional framework established to promote Islamic financing in Nigeria and hope that the government shall desist from its policies of unbridled religious sectionalism.
But the Federal Government of Nigeria in its reaction to the accusation by The Christian Association of Nigeria denied any plan to Islamize country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the financial initiative was borne out of the need to include people who were opposed to interest-yielding enterprises. He stated that the Federal Government has not attempted to Islamize Nigeria in any form.