By Etop Ekanem & Ime Bassey
LAGOS — THE Archbishop of Metropolitan See of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has said the Islamic banking as proposed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, was a ploy to Islamise the country.
The Cardinal, who spoke during the ordination of four priests at Saint Francis Catholic Church, Idimu, Lagos, said the CBN Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was “gradually trying to force us into embracing the Sharia system.
The conditionalities attached the loans obtainable from the bank are in favour of Sharia system. So it is a ploy to Islamise the country.”
On the recent flood that ravaged Lagos and other parts of the country, Okogie said: “It is a pity that our government does not take things seriously. The flood would have been avoided if the Federal Government had planned towards its. This is a thing the federal and state governments should sit down, discuss and take immediate action.
Instead, they engage in things that do not really matter to the ordinary man in the street. Everybody was alerted on the impending global warming but our government did not take it seriously, instead placed priority on trivial issues.
“Until we get our priority right, our people will continue to suffer. All that was expected from Federal and State Governments was to find a way to ameliorate the suffering of the people.”