The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, under the leadership of Reverend Samson Ayokunle has, in a statement on Thursday, joined other prominent church leaders and groups to lend his voice against the recently signed Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The CAN President described the new law which repealed the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 as ‘ungodly.’ Various religious bodies and leaders have also not accepted it because of its provisions in Section 839 (1) & (2). These sections which have been the bone of contention empower the Corporate Affairs Commission to suspend trustees of an association (in this case, the church), and that the Commission can appoint interim managers to run the affairs of the association for some reason.
But the CAN president in the statement released said, “The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) 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
“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.
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