Christian elders flay NSCIA over stance on Sukkuk Bond

The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) yesterday criticised the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs’s statement (NSCIA) that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)was suspicious of Islam for kicking against Sukkuk Bond.

CAN had last week frowned against what it described as “unrelenting plan” by the Federal Government to introduce Islamic financing into a secular state.

NSCIA then issued a statement that while the council is tolerating Christianisation, CAN was suspicious of Islam.

Insisting that Sukkuk was covert Jihad contrary to Sections 1 and 10 of the Nigerian Constitution, a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by NCEF Chairman Chief Solomon Asemota (SAN) said: “The allegation that CAN is Islamophobic is untenable and purely mischievous.”

NCEF said if leaders of Islam in Nigeria have “demonstrated inability to call Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen to order” after the alleged atrocities both committed against Christians, churches, businesses and Christian communities, it would be unfair and unjust for the same Islamic leaders to turn around and accuse Christians of Islamophobia.

“It is akin to slapping a man and yet complaining that the man screamed. Do leaders of Islam expect Christians to keep mute while violent Jihad (Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen) and stealth Jihad also known as stealth jihad with money (Sukkuk) are all used to negate Section 38 (1) of the Constitution and destroy the secularity of the Nigerian State?” the statement queried.

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