CAMA 2020: Attempt by government to control church, says CAN
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday said certain provision of the recently signed law, Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020, “would snuff life out of the church and rank the church as a secular institution under secular control.”
In a statement by the association, the umbrella body of all Christain denominations in the country, it said the law which was signed by President Mohammadu Buhari on August 7, 2020, is tantamount to the federal government declaring war against church if it is implemented as it is.
CAN described as “satanic”, section 839 (1) and (2) of the law which empowers the supervising minister “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.”
“The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria rejects outrightly the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 that was assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.
“The law, to say the least, is unacceptable, ungodly, reprehensible, and an ill-wind that blows no one any good. It is a time bomb waiting to explode,” the statement signed by Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant on Media and Communications to CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle, stated.
David Oyedepo, the Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church had also lend his voice against the new law, counseling the government to expunge the part of the law that gives the minister the power to remove the board of trustees of churches without recourse to the court.