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‘Government Cannot Control The Church’ -CAN Rejects CAMA Law

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has rejected the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020, especially as it applies to churches.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on August 7 signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organisations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and a supervising minister.
In a statement, on Thursday, signed by the special assistant on media to the association’s president, Adebayo Oladeji, CAN rejected the law, tagging it as ‘unacceptable and ungodly.’
As part of the reasons for the rejection, CAN listed ‘spiritual responsibilities and obligations’ of the churches, adding that they cannot be controlled by the government.
The body cautioned the implementation of the law, arguing: ‘it is an invitation to trouble that the government does not have the power to manage.’
CAN advised the government to focus on providing infrastructure and adequate security for the people.
The full statement by CAN is reproduced below:
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) rejects CAMA Completely
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) rejects outright the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 that was assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.
By implications, he has repealed the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 (1).
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.
We recall that during the First Term of the President, there was a Public Hearing conducted by the National Assembly on the Non- Governmental Organisations Bill tagged ‘Bill for an Act To Provide For The Establishment Of
The Non-Governmental Organizations Regulatory Commission For The Supervision, Co-ordination And Monitoring Of Non-Governmental Organizations’ which was attended by CAN and many NGOs.
At the Public Hearing, the Bill that sought to bring the religious organizations and NGOs under the control and influence of the government was totally rejected because it would snuff life out of the church and rank the church as a secular institution under secular control. We thought it was all over until we heard of the CAMA that was assented to by the President, making the rejected bill a law.
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. If you cannot give us good amenities of life, we would not allow you to take away our liberty to worship our Maker.
What good thing again will you not take away from the people in the name of being in power? Are we not running a democracy which is a government of the people by the people and for the people? Is this not gradually becoming a dictatorship or what was the essence of the Public Hearing you called us to when you had made up your mind not to consider the position of Christians at all which we presented during the Public Hearing?
We call on all well-meaning Nigerians to ask the Federal Government to suspend the law because we do not need it in this nation.
Thank You for making this position of CAN known through your credible and popular media.
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. If you cannot give us good amenities of life, we would not allow you to take away our liberty to worship our Maker.
What good thing again will you not take away from the people in the name of being in power? Are we not running a democracy which is a government of the people by the people and for the people? Is this not gradually becoming a dictatorship or what was the essence of the Public Hearing you called us to when you had made up your mind not to consider the position of Christians at all which we presented during the Public Hearing?
We call on all well-meaning Nigerians to ask the Federal Government to suspend the law because we do not need it in this nation.
Thank You for making this position of CAN known through your credible and popular media.
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