churches require EFCC approval before withdrawing even a kobo from their accounts with banks.
**most churches have to cancel their crusades because the fund to organise it were trapped in banks.
is confused at how pastors, especially in the South East, South West
and South South have become sponsors and financial backers of Boko Haram
from Sanusi’s directives.
Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor has frozen the bank accounts of
most churches in Nigeria under what his office claimed to be seeking for
sponsors of Boko Haram. Many churches have been stranded since the past
two weeks due to their inability to withdraw money from most commercial
banks due to a CBN directive that they must provide their list of
shareholders and directors before they could access their funds. Sanusi
is much aware that churches and Mosques in Nigeria do not have
shareholders or directors.
The churches in addition are required
to fill forms which will be taken to Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) for endorsement before even a kobo will be withdrawn
This stance of the CBN under Sanusi have crippled a lot of church activities within the past two weeks.
Enugu, a cleric who anchors Healing Has Begun crusade, Archbishop A.A
Nwodika had course to cancel a crusade because the fund to prosecute it
was trapped in banks. In the same note, the preparations for the
Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) biennial conference in Enugu
State billed for next month is being hampered because PFN cannot access
their account and their State chairman, Bishop Obi Onubogu whose attempt
to access the funds was unsuccessful had called upon concerned members
to assist them with aid so that the conference does not fail.
stance of the CBN was principally given as caused by the determination
of the Bank to fish out financial sponsors of terrorism including the
routes through which they launder money. The Christian Association of
Nigeria have threatened a showdown with CBN and whosoever is responsible
for the order.
The CAN leadership under Oritsejafor had asked
all the churches affected not to fill any form in any bank . They asked
their members whose funds have been so seized to forward such evidences
to their respective state secretariat for onward transmission to the
The legal adviser of CAN have threatened legal
redress if Sanusi and his cohorts at CBN do not lift the order. CAN
leadership gave the order at Umuahia last week when they converged to
inaugurate the newly elected Abia State Chapter of the organization.
argued that churches are registered under Act C which is for non
governmental organization while the CBN demands is for Act F which
obtains for business organizations.
What is surprising to many is
that President Goodluck Jonathan had earlier said that Boko Haram
sponsors are in his government. His special assistants on Media, Reuben
Abati and Doyin Okupe had alluded to the fact that Boko Haram is
sponsored by certain Northern Muslims. Therefore, one is confused at how
pastors and gospel ministers, especially in the South East, South West
and South South have suddenly become sponsors and financial backers of
Boko Haram from Sanusi’s directives.
Those involved in money
laundering are politicians and public servants and these people are
accessing their funds freely while churches and pastors are being
unnecessarily victimized and indirectly tagged sponsors of Boko Haram.