Christian Association of Nigeria has come out to reject the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020.
CAN recently revealed that the church will not accept its provisions, so no one should expect it to support it anytime soon.
According to the CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, the new law is very ungodly and several religious bodies and leaders will never agree with its provisions in Section 839 (1) & (2).
CAN added that FG is basically waging war against the Church through the new law.
His words, “The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) rejects out rightly 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. We recall that during the President’s First Tenure, the National Assembly conducted a public hearing on the Non-Governmental Organisations Bill. CAN and many NGOs attended.”
“At the meeting, we rejected the Bill that sought to bring religious organizations and NGOs under the government’s control and influence. “We argued that it would snuff life out of the church. In addition, it would rank the church as an institution under secular control.
“We thought CAN won the argument until we heard of the CAMA that the President assented to, making the rejected bill a law.
“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.
“We are not against the government fighting corruption. But we completely reject the idea of bringing the Church, under the government’s control.”
“The government cannot control the Church because of its spiritual responsibilities and obligations. This is why we are calling on the Federal government to stop the implementation of the obnoxious and ungodly law until the National Assembly exempts religious institutions from it.”
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently return the law to the National Assembly for immediate amendment. Nigeria should not be compared with other nations in the relationship between religious institutions and the government. In Nigeria, people’s religions are tied to their humanity and of course, their life. How can the government sack the trustee of a church which it contributed no dime to establish? How can a political minister be the final authority on the affairs and management of an institution which is apolitical? For example, how can a non-Christian head of Government Ministry be the one to determine the running of the church?
“It is an invitation to the trouble that the government does not have the power to manage. Let the government face the business of providing infrastructure for the people.”