The Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic
Affairs, NSCIA, has said that despite the fact that Sundays were forced
on Muslims as work-free days, they have not cried out for the
“Christianisation” of Nigeria by Christians.
The NSCIA wondered why the Christian
Association of Nigeria, CAN, despite its tolerance of Nigeria’s
membership of Christian organisations, such as Red Cross Society, and
the adoption of Christian titles and emblems in different professions,
“appears to be increasingly becoming islamophobic and paranoid about its
hate and intolerance of Islam.”
The Islamic council was responding to a
recent allegation by CAN, that the issuance of Sukuk bond by the Debt
Management Office, DBO, was an attempt to turn Nigeria into an Islamic
CAN had argued that promoting a sectional religious financial policy, was a violation of the Constitution.
In a statement on by
its Deputy Secretary General, Salisu Shehu, NSCIA, the group said that
CAN should not pretend not to be aware that even the World Bank issues
According to the NSCIA, several
non-Muslim countries across Africa, Europe, and Asia, have Islamic
Financial Systems instituted in their countries, especially Sukuk.
Among the countries it said, were:
Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Russia,
China, Singapore, among others.
“It would certainly be embarrassing for
CAN to be told that the first and foremost State in Nigeria to submit an
application for a loan to the Islamic Development Bank, is a
Christian-dominated State in the South-East.
“This has been the factor that made
Muslims to tolerate several practices, or things that are essentially
Christian in nature and outlook, in substance and form, and indeed in
principle and practice, but imposed on us.
“We have not been talking of
Christianisation, because Sunday has been forced on us as a work-free
day, or the Cross as our hospital sign and symbol, our membership of the
International Red Cross, and many other things including almost all the
titles of the Heads of academic institutions (Chancellor, Provost,
Dean, Rector, etc.).
“Despite this remarkable tolerance from
Muslims over the years, CAN appears to be increasingly becoming
Islamophobic and paranoid about its hate and intolerance of Islam,
casting aspersions, unnecessarily overheating the polity and
unjustifiably creating fear and distrust in the minds of peace-loving
citizens of our great country”, the statement read in part.
The NSCIA then called on CAN to in the
spirit of biblical injunctions, hold onto the truth and shun statements
capable of breeding hostility and promoting disharmony that might lead
to conflict in the country.