A sternly worded letter? No, they say they “would rather go to war” than give up their campaign for Sharia finance. “Muslim group says no going back on Islamic Banking,” by Tony Akowe for The Nation, July 24:
A Muslim group in the North yesterday threatened to defend the implementation of the Islamic Banking system with the last drop of their blood. It warned the Christian community opposed to it to back off or face the full wrath of their anger.
The Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria told reporters at the end of its meeting in Kaduna last night that it would rather go to war than give up their agitation for Islamic banking. It said since Islamic banking has been implemented in Britain and other Christian-dominated countries, there is no reason why it cannot be implemented in Nigeria.
President of the group, Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, who read the communiquÃ©, warned Christians to drop their opposition to the interest-free Islamic banks in Nigeria.
Datti said: “We are very happy that with a lot of efforts Jaiz Bank has now become a reality. The company owning Jaiz has assured us that the bank is coming in September and they have assured us that they will be starting with three branches, namely Abuja, Kaduna and Kano. And they will continue to open the branches rapidly thereafter.
“I want to assure them that nothing can stop the Jaiz bank from coming into been because it’s being brought in according to the laws of Nigeria. There is nothing illegal about it. If they have a Christian bank that they want to establish, they have the freedom to bring it to the Central bank and if they can prove their case, a Christian bank will be opened.
Disingenuous. They know there is no comparable system to Sharia in Christianity in scope or political supremacist motive, let alone the imperative to implement such a system through violence if necessary.