By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY— President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday, accused the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, of initiating policies capable of destabilizing the nation.
He declared that Christians cannot be treated as second class citizens in Nigeria and admonished the CBN Governor to be prepared to spend the same amount of billions which he said had been expended by the CBN Governor in setting up structures for the take off Islamic banking.
He spoke yesterday in Benin City, at the 36th Annual Convention/AGM of the Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship & 14th Anniversary of Africa Vision Tract House. According to him, “we are not against Muslims but all we are saying is that we must not be treated like second class citizens in this country. What we said was that there should be a uniform guideline for all non interest banking.
“The CBN cannot spend the nation’s money promoting a sectional banking system. As we speak today, the CBN Governor has employed thousands of people, training them to drive home his Islamic banking. Some of them were taken to Sudan and other countries for training. There cannot be peace without justice in this country.”
He has also trained Sharia Council of experts, these are Islamic scholars but he is trying to give them another name to deceive Nigerians” he said.
Pastor Oritsejafor added: “some have said why don’t we have our own Christian bank but I said that is not the issue. Even if we come up with our own bank, what will be the guideline and that is why we have insisted that we must have a uniform guideline as it is now, the guideline is made for the Muslims and that is why we said it is a sectional thing.
“But the CBN Governor should get ready because when the Christians wants to set up their own bank, he should also make available the billions he has spent training Muslims for the Islamic banking. We are aware that he has a Special Adviser on Islamic Banking whom he pays with our money. He should also be prepared to pay a Christian who will serve as his adviser. This country belongs to all of us and we must all speak against injustice” he stated.