The chairman of the South-East Governors Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. Dave Umahi, has debunked claims that some governors in the zone were engaged in activities that could Islamize the zone.
The governor at the meeting of the Forum held Monday, in Enugu, said it was mischievous to impute any religious motive to the application of loans purportedly being sourced from Jaiz Bank.
He explained that the loan was being facilitated by the federal government, adding that it’s important to distinguish between monetary matters and religion, as even the choice of those whose pictures adorn the national currencies was not based on their religion.
Noting that the agitations by “some of our Christian brothers and sisters,” could potentially fuel hate speech, he said: “We have read on the pages of newspapers that Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia want to islamise the South-East. I think the time when we are badly challenged is the time we should be careful about the things we say.
“The banking system has nothing to do with religion. Some of those whose pictures are on the national currencies are Christians and some Moslems. So, this whole thing actually has nothing to do with whether we are moslems or Christians. And in any case, these are loans that are being arranged by the federal government. There is nothing about Christianity or Islam that is indicated on the loan.
“We should disregard that and look at it as another hate speech from our detractors. We are still very committed to the oneness of our country that is rooted in peace, equity, justice and fairness.”