Nobody Can Islamize Nigeria – Osinbanjo

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The Vice-President , Prof . Yemi Osinbajo, said that it was impossible for anyone to Islamise Nigeria , as claimed by Christian interests.

Osinbajo, who was speaking in Lagos on Friday during the Greater Nigeria Pastors Conference convened by Apostle Wale Adefarasin and Rev. Abayomi Kasali , explained that the recent uproar over the country ’s subscription to Sukuk Bonds was not justified .

The Federal Government ’ s N100 bn Sukuk ( Islamic bond) , which it plans to use for road construction, became a target of criticism by some Christian leaders in the country , who believed the government was committing the country to an Islamic financial hold .

Osinbajo said , “Part of the problem is the failure of Christian leadership to take its rightful place . We focus our minds on something we call the Islamic agenda . We look for it everywhere as if we are looking for demons .

“But where is the Christian agenda . Are we not entitled to one? We are too divided as Christians to have an agenda . The key to the unity and progress of Nigeria is in the church . ”

According to him , there were no plans to Islamise Nigeria through the Sukuk bond or the country ’s membership of the Islamic Development Bank .
He said that apart from Nigeria , many nations of the world including the United States of America and the United Kingdom had also embraced the system as a result of its progressive nature .

He said , “The Sukuk is an Islamic concept , which enables people to have access to credit . It is essentially like a bond. The US, UK , China , South Africa have all used the Sukuk . Once there is money in the market , let us not get sentimental . The most important thing is for us to use those monies well .

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