Nigerians Manipulate Religion To Cover The Truth – Sanusi

Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, has accused some Nigerians of manipulating religion to cover the truth.

He spoke against the backdrop of the controversy that trailed the introduction of the non-interest financial system otherwise known as Islamic banking.

Sanusi, who was a guest at the 5th National Discourse of The Companion, an association of Muslim men in business and the professions, held at the University of Lagos, said the CBN made efforts to explain to people that there was nothing like Islamisation of the country.

However, he said the CBN couldn’t stop because of the few people who refused to listen to the explanations of the apex bank, noting that the benefits of the Islamic banking model were enormous.

But Sanusi noted that 10 years after the conversation has changed, saying there is no reason why Nigeria cannot be the centre of Islamic banking in Africa.

According to him, the non-Muslim later embraced it after considering the huge benefits inherent in it as 40 per cent of those who initially subscribed for Jaiz Bank shares are non-Muslims.

“We tried our best to explain. If people choose not to explain, we can’t stop because of those people. Now Islamic banking, 10 years ago the conversation in Nigeria is very different 10 years down the line from what it was 10 years ago.

“We had people who know the truth or don’t want to know the truth but who chose to manipulate religion for other reasons.”

The Islamic Financial System, Sanusi said, generated unnecessary controversy along religious divides with people accusing him of an Islamisation agenda.


About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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