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CAN kicks against Nigeria’s headship of Islamic organisation

*Insists Nigeria remains a secular state

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has kicked against the membership of Nigeria in the General Assembly of the International Islamic Liquidity Corporation, IILM, contending that such was a violation of the 1999 Constitution.

CAN, in a statement signed by Pastor Bayo Oladeji, Media Assistant to the CAN President, Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, said Nigeria’s membership of the IILM without the backing of the country’s law should be withdrawn with immediate effect.

The statement read: ‘’There have been reports that the IILM recently appointed the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, as its chairman during its 17th Governing Board meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“IILM is an international institution established by central banks’ monetary authorities and multilateral organizations to create and issue short-term Shari’ah-compliant financial instruments to facilitate effective cross-border Islamic liquidity management.”

The leadership of CAN, however, wondered when Nigeria became a member of this Islamic body, stressing that the government’s action was a violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, especially Section 10.

According to CAN, the action by the government of Nigeria on accepting to head IILM amounts to denouncing Nigeria as a secular state.

It insisted that Nigeria could not, therefore, join any organization that had a religious connotation.

CAN said Nigerians should focus on some pertinent questions with intent to make the government offer right answers. They include ‘what is Nigeria doing in Islamic and Shariah compliant organization?

“Who authorized the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria to join this organization? What provision of our constitution supports our membership of a religious association as a secular state?

“If the argument is that we are a multi-religious state, does having many religions in a state define that state as multi-religious state? Will that not contradict section 10 of the 1999 constitution at the same time?”


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