Mon, 25 Jul 2011 Feature Article

Islamic Banking Will Break-Up Nigeria

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The events of September 11 in the US, heightened fundamentalist vs. modernist tension around the world, forcing the non-Muslim world to struggle to make sense of an obviously puzzling, medieval mindset centering on holy war or jihad as a religious duty. The critical questions non-Muslims and many Muslims themselves are trying to find answers to include: what went wrong with the Middle East encounter with modernity? Why has Reformation, similar to that of Christianity, not occurred with Islam, and whether religion, particularly Islam, is only conducive to conflict and hatred even among Muslims themselves. There is no Islamic country in the world today not suffering from severe civil strife, which they export around the globe, with developing countries as their most vulnerable victims. It is for this reason that all the constitutions drafted by the founding fathers of Nigeria and the military, insisted on Nigeria being a secular state.

Security agencies in the US, predicted some years back, that Nigeria would break-up on religious grounds by the year 2020. Because of the secular nature of the Nigerian constitution, many Nigerians, mostly from the south, accused the US agencies of being alarmist and mischievous, but happenings in the country since 1985 particularly, suggest that the prediction could happen sooner than 2020. The disturbing thing is that while those working for the break up of the country are not slowing down on their efforts, the Nigerians in leadership positions to do something about the grave threat to national cohesion and survival are unworried about the whole thing and doing nothing. It is like, everyone has given up and just waiting for Nigeria's break-up.

The Arab world has for a long time been pursuing an agenda to Arabize and colonize Nigeria, failing which they would settle for the break-up of the country along the religious line of Islam vs., non-Islam. The Arab world wants a Somali or Sudan situation in Nigeria, preferring the Somali scenario if they cannot control Nigeria because as they claim, Nigeria is too large. What they mean by too large is that Nigeria's influence in Africa is creating a clog in their efforts at Arabizing all of Africa. Ghadaffi confirmed Arab's plan for Nigeria when he announced without diplomatic finesse of any sort in March 2010, during a very difficult political period in Nigeria, that Nigeria should break into two on the religious basis of Islam versus Christians or North versus South.

Arab's interference in Nigeria's affairs got a boost when her military President Babangida (1985 to 1993), smuggled Nigeria into the full membership of the Organization of Islamic countries (OIC), without respect for Nigeria's secular law and without carrying along or informing or discussing the move at his Supreme Military Council, the highest decision making organ of government at the time. Babangida's deputy at the time, Admiral Ubitu Ukiwe, leaked the slight to the council, and the illegality of the move, to the public, and was promptly eased out of the government. Nigeria is not an Islamic country, if anything she is secular by her constitutional provisions and yet Nigeria remains a member of the OIC even now and becomes active in it when a Northern President is in power.

Ghadaffi was the arrow head of the Arab world's Arabization policy in Africa. Ghadaffi after forcibly annexing the Auzon Strip from Chad, sponsored destabilization in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Mali, Cote d' Ivoire, Niger, etc in pursuance of the Arabization of Africa policy, laced with inordinate imperial personal ambition. In 1998, his strategy got a fillip with the founding of his community of Sahel-Savannah States (CEN – SAD), which he was hoping to use to control the envisaged African Union (AU.) The CEN – SAD, at the moment, ropes in 25 African states from West, East, and Central Africa, and includes Senegal, Cote d'Ivore, Chad, Sudan, Somalia, Comoro Islands etc. Most of these unsuspecting African countries were stable until they joined CEN – SAD.

Abacha, whose military government grabbed power after Babangida's regime, had agreed to smuggle Nigeria into the CEN-SAD in 1998, but died before he could actualize the move. Ghadaffi, in flagrant defiance of a UN embargo on flights in and out of Libya, invaded Nigeria with his planes carrying 1,000 members of his rag-tag army, plus 500 journalists, and strategically occupied the Kano airport and his other reception facilities, with the connivance of his host, Abacha, in 1997. The purpose was to launch a jihad or at least precipitate a serious schism between the predominantly Moslem north of the country and the Christian and animist south. Nigeria proved too sophisticated to be so cheaply destabilized so Ghadaffi settled for an accommodation to come to the aid of Abacha who was ready to plunge Nigeria into chaos at the time to become President for life in the mould of President Nassir of Egypt. The deal was finally sealed during Abacha's overnight strategizing meeting with Ghadaffi in Chad just before Abacha died mysteriously in office frolicking with Muslim Indian prostitutes.

With Nigeria returning to the semblance of civilian leadership in 1999, the Arab world decided to use 'Sharia' to dismember Nigeria. Pakistan, Libya and Saudi Arabia, to name a few countries, pumped substantial funds into the coffers of Governor Yerima's Zamfara state, the first of Nigeria's Sharia states, to start the process of Islamizing, (or at least to trigger mayhem and civil war), in Nigeria as in the Sudan. Obasanjo, the President of Nigeria at the time, ignored Zamfara's illegal action and it soon began to engulfed other northern states smitten with Arab supremacy. Interestingly, Arabs call Blacks and Africans abeed, (meaning slaves, their slaves), and treat all Blacks as such.

Governor Bunu Sheriff of Borno state, one of the 'Sharia' states, encouraged the setting up of an Islamic fundamentalist sect, known as Boko Haram in his state. The sect is opposed to everything Western whether in education, commerce or other ways of doing things, and is determined to overthrow regimes operating such agendas at the state and national levels by violent means. There has been a series of skirmishes in Nigeria from that time, in the guise of Islamic fundamentalists such as the desert Al-Qaedas from Algeria and Mali, the Boko Haram sect and imported jihadists from the neighbouring countries of Niger and Chad, sacking whole Nigerian villages at night or burning down police stations and killing law enforcement officers in broad day light in Brono, Benue, Plateau and other neighbouring states. Yerima of Zamfara state, who is now a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, recently married and is sleeping with the baby wife aged ten years, and we are told not to scream because his action is 'Sharia' compliant.

Yar'Adua, on becoming president of Nigeria in 2007, became active in OIC any time he could escape from bouts of his ailment. He smuggled Nigeria into a Muslim group of Islamic countries, an off-shoot of the OIC, camouflaged as Developing Countries (D8), to conceal its religious platform and agenda. All members of the D8 are Muslim countries except Nigeria. They include Indonesia, Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh etc., with absolutely nothing to offer Nigeria that ought to be aspiring to join the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

To instigate a jihad, Iran tried to smuggle a shipment of 13 container loads of war arsenals, including rockets and rocket launchers, to their agents in Nigeria by mid 2010 when Nigeria was at a leadership crisis breaking point. President Yar'Adua was already brain dead in a Saudi Arabian hospital as guest of the Saudi monarch at the time, but the fact was concealed from Nigerians to prevent the handing over of government business to Yar'Adua's deputy. Yar'Adua's wife was ruling the country by proxy with the national security adviser, top-most military leadership and most of the federal cabinet members supporting her and taking instructions from her. Her Attorney General, who appeared to have no legal education what-so-ever and was interpreting the Nigerian Constitution like a five year old kid, was claiming that Yar'Adua could rule the country from Mongolia indefinitely, and that Nigerians have no right to enquire into the president's mental state of health or any other. According to the counterfeit Attorney General, the president cannot be replaced by his deputy. The deputy must continue to take instructions from his boss, in other words, from his proxy, Madam President.

Saudi Arabia connived with the family of Yar'Adua and the leadership of the Nigerian army at the time, a General of Northern Nigerian extraction, to smuggle Yar'Adua back into Nigeria like a thief in the night. The Nigerian security system was severely breached and troops were moved from the North to secure strategic locations at the nation's capital Abuja, including the seat of power, for the clandestine incidence. In the morning, they ransacked the Acting President's office to intimidate him and tried to stage a coup by laying in wait for the Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan, to occupy the President's seat so as to be arrested by them for usurping the seat of the President who had returned in the night to the country.

The Iranian cargo of death was already awaiting clearance at Nigeria's Apapa ports then, and was to have come in handy for the destabilization of the country but for the patience and security astuteness of Yar'Adua's Deputy President, who had been sworn in as Acting President by the authority of a National Assembly emergency law, invoking the 'doctrine of necessity.' For damage control measures and to distract the Nigerian Security Agencies, the Iranian Prime Minister while attending the Developing Countries (D8) meeting in Abuja in late July 2010, pledged solidarity with Nigeria's plan for nuclear technology acquisition for peaceful use. And in the heat of the commotion over the arms import, Iran, a backward football country, offered to play a friendly football match with Nigeria in mid November 2010, with all expenses paid by Iran.

Jonathan's attempt to contest for the presidency of Nigeria in the April 2011 general elections was marked by ugly scheming to scuttle his efforts by a gang led by Babangida and Atiku, pushing Northern and Islamic agendas in the guise of the zoning of leadership. Jonathan trounced them at the pools and was sworn in to serve his own term in office on May 29, 2011, but his zoning scar appears to have compromised him, resulting in the promotion of narrow-minded, sectoral distortions in our body polity as exemplified by the greedy regional hijack of the presidency and speakership positions in the National Assembly.

To take advantage of the seeming weakness in the presidency, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who had been training personnel secretly for some time, to set up a parallel Central Bank to the national one, for Islamic banking in Nigeria, and had initialled damaging 'Sharia' agreements to the structure of our secular system and democracy, began pushing for the establishment of Islamic banking as the panacea for solving Nigeria's economic ills. In other words, after he had sold Nigeria's sovereignty to the OIC and the Islamic world, he was deceiving the nation that the Islamic bank had nothing to do with 'Sharia' laws, and that people opposing its berthing in Nigeria were only being sentimental. To the shock of the nation, the documents he had initialled with the Islamic bank's agents confirmed his deceit, and came to light at his meeting on July 20, 2011, with the House of Representative members.

Only an Al-Qaeda agent or a mischief maker would lie so blatantly to try to grievously inflict religious tension, division and intolerance on his own country. Imposition of 'Sharia' laws at the national level to promote separate functions, products, services and queues for Muslim men and Muslim women on the one hand and them and non-Muslims on the other, and Arab laws against our national laws to forbid trading in alcohol, tobacco or other such moral fixations, as if we are an occupied country, is the surest and fastest recipe to disintegration in a secular country like Nigeria. A country which is already a melting pot of bitter non-native religious rivalries and acrimonies, and where the Islamic fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram, with the active support of Maghreb's Al'-Qaida sects from neighbouring countries, is now throwing bombs daily, killing dozens of innocent people in public places and sacking churches and police stations to precipitate a jihad. The timing to introduce the bank in Nigeria is not only extremely troubling; it is an affront to the collective ambition and acumen of a people struggling desperately to evolve a common destiny.

The Islamic 'do good,' or interest free bank, as is being touted by Sanusi, is an irresistible bait in a poverty stricken, alien mentally and religiously enslaved society like Nigeria. But deceiving a people by calling a tiger a sheep, does not make the tiger a sheep. The truth of the matter is that the Islamic bank makes profits by Muslim names. It charges interest by non-conventional formats and names, to remain in business. The bank's debtors end up paying higher interests by whatever Arab names called, than what operates in conventional banks, because the Islamic bank becomes a fortune sharing part-owner of the businesses of its loans, until the loans are liquidated.

Sanusi says, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) is financing some Fadama II projects in two Northern and one Eastern states. Well, that is true, and Ya'Adua got us into that trap. What the IDB provided as aid, is on average N140 million (less than a million dollars), per state. Can't the nearly half a trillion naira stolen by Mrs Ibru and the other Nigerian banks' executives have taken care of that, instead of exposing us as a country so cheaply to the ridicule of being aided with pittance all in the effort of deviously imposing Sharia banking to Nigeria?

The Islamic bank has not impacted positively on the lives of Arabs' indigenous poor who are the derelict Black original owners of all Arab countries, including Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan etc., which is why we have South Sudan now, with Darfur in toe. Sanusi says there is Islamic banking in Britain. Britain is not a secular country, Nigeria is. Britain has the resources, sufficiently sophisticated intelligence gathering mechanism, intimidating security efficiency and might, to quickly isolate their small Muslim population and nip whatever threats they pose in the bud.

Why do we keep pursuing things that divide rather than unite us as a people? If Sanusi is allowed to breach our secularism so contemptuously with his Islamic bank, how do we stop a future governor of the CBN from Bayelsa, licensing Egbesu bank; Igbo CBN governor, Amadioha bank; Edo CBN governor, Ogun or Olokun bank; Yoruba CBN governor, Sango bank; Christian CBN governor, Vatican or Jerusalem bank or does Sanusi expect to hold on to the CBN governorship post for eternity?

Civilization is hurtling away on a supersonic train and we are not on the train. We are on the side walk in an exciting new age of Barack Obama, unlimited possibilities, robust inclusiveness and collective responsibilities for decision making for our common future, regardless of gender, race or tribe, hanging on to some stupid, mundane, outmoded, barbaric, demonic pre-occupations, as if our lives still depend on our selfish, exploitative, self-centred past masters who abandoned us naked on the by-lane of wretched existence. When are we going to get on the moving train and contribute something of our own to human caucus and progress, outside of our Arabic and Caucasian influences and mind control?

President Jonathan must stop the Islamic banking from being set up in Nigeria right away and remove Sanusi as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria for lying to the nation about his Islamic bank intentions, because otherwise we would not have one Nigeria by the year 2020.

NAIWU OSAHON Hon. Khu Mkuu (Leader) World Pan-African Movement); Ameer Spiritual (Spiritual Prince) of the African race; MSc. (Salford); Dip.M.S; G.I.P.M; Dip.I.A (Liv.); D. Inst. M; G. Inst. M; G.I.W.M; A.M.N.I.M. Poet, Author of the magnum opus: 'The end of knowledge'. One of the world's leading authors of children's books; Awarded; key to the city of Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Honourary Councilmanship, Memphis City Council; Honourary Citizenship, County of Shelby; Honourary Commissionership, County of Shelby, Tennessee; and a silver shield trophy by Morehouse College, USA, for activities to unite and uplift the African race.

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