Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has called for the proscription of religious associations especially the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI). Sanusi made the call at an inter-faith dinner organized by the Northern Reawakening Forum (NRF) in Abuja, yesterday.
While making the suggestion, Sanusi said, “I almost didn’t want to attend this occasion because I am opposed to regional, ethnic and religious groupings in this country. In fact, I would like the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jamatul Nasril Islam (JNI) , Afenifere and all such other groups to be banned.”
He justified his call for the ban because the associations were not truly religious or cultural associations but political organisations in the guise of religious organisations.
Sanusi,who is not new to making statements that seem controversial, also accused the elites in Northern Nigeria of using religion as a vehicle for their political contestations. He faulted the process where political leaders deal with leaders of such organisation when the constitution makes it clear that the Federal Government should promote only associations that cut across divides.
Sanusi said people now float all sorts of associations that threaten the security of the country so as to be recognised.