Investigating Islamic Finance In Nigeria

In Nigeria, the practice of Islamic finance was introduced in 1992 by the former Habib Bank (Bank PHB, and now Keystone Bank). The profile of this type of banking was again raised between 2008 and 2009 when Nigeria joined the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB). Later, the CBN issued framework dated January 13, 2011 to regulate Islamic finance in Nigeria. In July, 2011 the CBN granted licence to Stanbic IBTC Bank to operate an Islamic banking window and subsequently to Sterling Bank in 2013; the CBN had earlier granted approval for the establishment of Jaiz Bank to operate as the first full-fledged Islamic bank in Nigeria. In sum, for Nigeria to benefit from Islamic finance, the governing laws and regulations must be written and subject to interpretation and analysis.