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ECWA says no to Islamic Banking

By SAM Eyoboka & OLAYINKA LATONA

EVANGELICAL Church Winning All (ECWA) has joined other Christian groups in the country to oppose the establishment of Islamic Banking in Nigeria.

Speaking with newsmen in Lagos, national president of ECWA, Pastor Anthony Farinto dismissed the proposal as “a poison mixed with honey”.

Arguing that nothing is free of interest in the true sense anywhere in the world, Farinto said the real intention of the proposed Islamic Banking is the Islamisation of the country.

The ECWA president also accused the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi of working for the Islamisation of Nigeria, pointing out: “There is nothing free of interest or profit anywhere in the world. This project is all about the islamisation of Nigeria. I believe it is a poison mixed with honey”.

Farinto further alleged that the recent crisis in some commercial banks might have been orchestrated to give Islamic Banking a boost, arguing:: “How come there are crises in some banks? Could it be that someone somewhere is behind it so that we can have what looks like a viable option?”

He said Islamic Banking will discriminate against Christians if it becomes functional.

Farinto wondered: “Will they give loans to build churches and cathedrals? Will they give loans for pilgrims to Jerusalem? Will they also allow Christian ventures like piggery and others to enjoy such facilities?

“These are the issues involved and we say a capital NO to Islamic Banking under any guise”, he maintained. He also called on the Federal Government to arrest the Boko Haram menace up North to save Nigeria from disintegration, stating that the group is up in arms against Christians.

“What they are fighting for really is Islamisation of Nigeria. If they are against Western education, why target churches and Christians? The group is a terrorist organisation that must be stopped now,” he said.


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