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Wahala: Churches Vow to Battle CBN Over Frozen Funds!

June 24, 2013

Anarchy is looming in the polity as churches are determined to battle the Governor of Central Bank, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi over the freezing of the accounts of some Christian bodies. Following our earlier reports about the CBN’s freezing the accounts of churches until they meet some guidelines, under the guise of seeking for sponsors of terrorism and their laundering routes , churches in the Nigeria including those in the South East, South South and South West affected by the guidelines are poised to resist what they termed financial Islamization of Nigeria.

Rising from the State Ministers Conference of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday at Evangel House Enugu, the clerics resolved to resist attempts by the CBN to tag churches as sponsors of terrorism. Present at the meeting was the State Chairman of CAN Rev Prof Paul Emeka, South East Zonal Secretary, CAN, Apostle Ajujungwa, South East Chairman of CAN, Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma represented by Venerable V C Agbo, State Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Bishop Obi Onubogu,Archbishop M.U. Ogo of Methodist Church, Archbishop A A Nwodika, Bishop Obiefuna and the speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Barrister Eugene Odoh.

The clergymen took turns to lament at why the CBN Governor is bent on pitching the Christians and Muslims of Nigeria on a war path and vowed to resist any attempt to mock them, including leading protests if possible. However, Sanusi’s policies had a support in the person of Methodist Archbishop of Enugu, Most Rev Ogo who posited that since churches started buying private jets instead of tending the flock, they have opened themselves up for governmental scrutiny. Archbishop Ogo was however shunned by other clergymen who reminded him that Sanusi had earlier attempted to impose Islamic Banking on the nation before the courts rejected the proposal. They were of the view that the CBN Governor was out to Islamize the nation through the back door.

In Umuahia last week the national leadership of CAN, after election of new officers, vowed to mobilize churches to resist the new move by Sanusi. Reports also indicated that other state chapters are sensitizing pastors on the issue. The national leadership of CAN held several meetings over the issue and asked those affected to forward their experiences to respective CAN State secretariat.

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