CAN rejects CAMA law, seeks amendment

President Christian Association of Nigeria Rev. Olasupo Ayokunle
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The Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, has rejected the Federal Government’s Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 and beckoned on the President, Muhammadu Buhari to send the document back to the National Assembly for amendment.

Special Assistant (Media & Communications) to the CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, described the Act as a time bomb waiting to explode.

Oladeji added that while the association was not against government fighting corruption, it completely rejected the idea of bringing the church, grouped among NGOs, under government control.

Oladeji said this while speaking yesterday in Abuja.

Making reference to Section 839 (1) & (2), which empowers the Commission to suspend trustees of an association (the church inclusive) and appoint interim managers to manage the affairs of the association.

CAB described the Act, recently assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, as an unacceptable, ungodly, reprehensible and ill wind that would blow no one any good.

CAN asked the Federal Government to amend the document immediately to avert trouble in the country.

According to CAN, it is a declaration of war on Christianity, and the Federal Government should not implement it until religious institutions were exempted from it.

CAN asked the president to return the law to National Assembly for amendment.

Oladeji argued that Nigeria should not be compared with any other nation in matters of relationship between religious institutions and government. Nigerian’s religions are tied to their life, he said.

The Supreme Primate of the World Council of Bishops has also warned President Buhari against the application of the Company and Allied Matters Act, CAMA, to churches.

Speaking through its spokesperson, His Eminence, Archbishop Dr Polycarp Sunday described the act by the Federal Government as illegal.

Bishop Sunday, in a statement on Tuesday, pointed out that “the Church as a Bride of Christ is first Spiritual in all and will never and must not be subjected to carnality, but God’s Holy Word.

The Church has the Bible as her basic principle and constitution; thus, anything or policies, be it government, organisational or individual, that is inconsistent with God’s Holy Word is unconstitutional and illegal.

As the Church of Jesus Christ draws her ALL from the Bible, not laws made by man or humans.”

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