CAN rejects CAMA, says Church can never be controlled by FG
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has kicked against the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020 that was assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 7th 2020, demanding that the law be immediately suspended.
The Law, CAMA will establish a Non-Governmental Organizations Regulatory Commission for the supervision, co-ordination and monitoring of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and seeks to include religious organizations under the supervision of the government.
But Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant on Media and Communications to CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle in a press statement on Thursday said the Christian body reject the law because “it would snuff life out of the church and rank the church as a secular institution under secular control”
“While we are not against the government fighting corruption wherever it may be found, yet we completely reject the idea of bringing the Church, which is technically grouped among the NGOs, under control of the government. The Church cannot be controlled by the government because of its spiritual responsibilities and obligations”, the statement read.
It added “The satanic section of the controversial and ungodly law is Section 839 (1) &(2) which empowers the Commission to suspend trustees of an association (in this case, the church) and appoint the interim managers to manage the affairs of the association for some given reasons”, should be reviewed as that was utterly unacceptable.
According to CAN, if the government is “bent on imposing a law on us which the entire Church in Nigeria is against, then, they have declared war on Christianity and the agenda to destroy the Church which we have spoken against before now is coming to the open more clearly”.
The Christian Body further urged the government to face the business of providing infrastructure, better health provision, food, education, adequate security, employment, amongst others, rather than being “a busy body in a matter that does not belong to it”.