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Islamization of Nigeria: Osinbajo lampoons Christian leaders over Sukuk Bonds



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Segun Ige

Published on October 28, 2017 9:49 am

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has expressed his displeasure on the attitude of Christian leaders to the recent use of Sukuk bonds by the Nigerian government.

Osinbajo, on Friday, while speaking at the Greater Nigeria pastors conference organized by Pastors, Wale Adefarasin and Yomi Kasali, also took an opportunity to express his thoughts on the alleged ‘Islamization agenda’.

He said; “Part of the problem is the failure of Christian leadership to take its rightful place. We focus our minds on something we call the Islamic agenda. We look for it everywhere as if we are looking for demons.But where is the Christian agenda? Are we not entitled to one? We are too divided as Christians to have an agenda. The key to the unity and progress of Nigeria is in the church.”

The VP also debunked reports of a plan to Islamize Nigeria through the country’s membership of the Islamic development bank or Suku bonds. He explained further;

“The Sukuk is an Islamic concept, which enables people to have access to credit. It is essentially like a bond. The US, UK, China, South Africa have all used the Sukuk. Once there is money in the market, let us not get sentimental. The most important thing is for us to use those monies well.

Some people say there are some hidden things in this arrangement and that one day somebody is going to take us over. Where? How will that happen?

These are straightforward financial systems used all over the world. I don’t think it presents any real problem. It is a very progressive financial system.Nigeria became a member of the Islamic Development Bank in 2005 and the first person to sit as director of the bank was Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The second person to sit as a director is the current Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, and both of them are Christians. So, when people talk about Islamic agenda, sometimes I am lost.

The person who brought us into the bank is not a Fulani or Northerner, the person was a Christian, so why are we complaining? Nigeria is the fourth largest shareholder in the Islamic Bank.

This wasn’t Buhari’s making. We must have facts before saying things. But above all, we must ask ourselves if being a member of the bank profits us or not.”


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