CAMA 2020: Osinbajo advises Oyedepo, CAN, others

V.P Yemi Osinbajo
Osinbajo participating at the virtual conference of NBA on Thursday

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday advised church leaders and others who have misgivings about the amended Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAMA 2020 recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari to approach the National Assembly.

Prof. Osinbajo spoke on Thursday at the ongoing Nigeria Bar Association Annual General Conference during a Special Conversation featuring him and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila.

Some Nigerian have condemned provisions of the amended Act which deals with regulation of non-governmental organisations, NGOs, under which religious bodies are registered.

Specifically, the church leaders’ have condemned Section 839 (1) and (2) of the amended Act which empower the  the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)  to lawfully place on suspension trustees of NGOs over complaints of corruption from members.

The provision also empowers the CAC to appoint new trustees over such organisations for a limited period.

“Government has no power to appoint people over churches. This is a secular nation. The church is the greatest asset of God in this country. Please be warned. Judgment is coming. The Lord says I have been still but now I will arise. Anybody that is in this deal is taking poison. This will never work.

“I am waiting for a day when anybody will appoint a trustee over this church. You can’t gag anybody. We own this country together. It is only in Africa that people who are over 80 years still run around to become president. I know that it is the prosperity of the church that is making them jealous,” Bishop David Oyedepo, the presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide who first raised alarm over the provision in the CAMA said.

Also,  the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Dr. Samson Ayokunle, in a statement described the provision in the new CAMA as “unacceptable, ungodly and a declaration of war on the church, ”in a statement issued on his behalf by his special assistant on media and Communications, Bayo Oladeji.

CAN further asked the Federal Government to leave church matters alone, arguing that government lacked the technical expertise to handle things of the spirit, CAN opposed Section 839 (1) and (2) of the law and described it as “satanic.”

While noting that the section empowers the supervising minister “to suspend trustees of an association (in this case, the church) and appoint interim managers to run its affairs for some given reasons,” CAN advised President Buhari to “urgently return the law to the National Assembly for immediate amendment. ”

But speaking at the NBA Conference, the Vice President  who is also a pastor of one of the largest christian congregations in Nigeria, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, urged those who have concerns about the CAMA legislation to approach the National Assembly for possible amendments, since “we are in a democracy.”

Osinbajo who was responding to questions from participants at the conference on the new legislation said, “the solution to the concerns is evident” noting that an amendment to the CAMA Act could be sought by those expressing concerns about sections of the law.

He said “we have a process by which this can be redressed. Whatever the proposal for amendment may be, whatever the view of the leadership of the church may be, regarding the question of how the trustees, whether they are interim trustees or not, can be put into a proposal that will be brought to the National Assembly for consideration for amendment to the law, that is the process which is entirely opened and ought to be pursued.

“We are in a democracy and there is a process by which things can be done and that process is the one where you bring forward amendments to the National Assembly and they will do whatever is considered useful in the circumstance.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. Ignorant persons talk as if governments are of satan. We have a lot of pharisees in our churches. If they have two heads let them disobey the law then we shall see whether they are serving the God of Daniel and the 3 Hebrew boys as they want their blind followers to believe. I follow Jesus Christ who is my teacher and Jehovah my Father

    • Why I can’t argue with you much is for the fact that I don’t know if you know the true living God. But you do,you will understand what is going on. But for you to just open mouth to talk on this matter means you’re trying to shoot yourself in the leg on the matter you’re ignorant of

  2. When they say this present govt has an agenda against Christianity in Nigeria, some disclaim such assertions but we can all see that it is gradually opening up. What is the business of govt with the Church on how it spends its resources and manage itself. I think the rubber stamp National Assembly has gone too far with the gullible unbelieving Christian members among them who can’t speak out for the sake of money having sold their hearts to the devil. Can you even imagine that special adviser maybe a Christian asking Bishop Oyedepo to go create his own country and leave by its law because she wants to show loyalty. So unfortunate. Can anyone from the other religions do that to their faith no matter the errors? They did that in Turkey and killed the Church and all the other churches in Asia but by the authority in the name of Jesus it has failed in Jesus name. They will always blind Christians among them to achieve their aim. They used Gowon and Obasanjo to destroy Christian schools. I was shocked to hear the VP refer the church to the National Assembly who himself a senior lawyer knows the implications of what has been signed by his master bcos he want to be loyal not understanding that like Esther of the Bible God has allowed him to be with the King for this reason at a time like this. God shall certainly arise for the Church in Jesus name. Please let us all be calm in God and see His Salvation.

    • It’s Just a pity, that people can’t judge based on the scriptures. Can anyone fight the church, as written by you, if I may ask, what happens each time the church goes against God & become worldly? How did the children of Israel become a fugitive, all around the world, if you are conversant with the bible? Is the world not comfortable with the church presently & what did Jesus, the owner of the church say, in John 15 : 18 – 21. Didn’t Jesus say, His/our kingdom is not of this world? John 18 : 36. It’s as if we have suddenly forgotten, no one fights for God, He’s always able & more than able. Churches were overthrown, in nations like Turkey, Philippines, just because, they turned their back against God, this is exactly what the Nigerian church is doing presently. Let’s stop seeing the way of an ordinary or mere men. The church is all about spirituality. The church has been commanded to pray only for the government & not to castigate or criticize them, for us to live a honest life. 1 Tim 2 : 1- 4. We are not activists, Jesus never said anything against the social vices, in His days, He paid His tax & we are commanded to do same in Rom 13 : 1 – 5. God give the church leaders wisdom. The Bible says, we should pray, in the secret and not shout in the open. God bless Nigeria.

    • People like you need to first research what is happening in advance countries like the UK before you come here to cry more than the bereaved

    • God is wise He is not a man that is foolish. Government if you people like go ahead and do what you want with the Church of God but prepare to face the consequences. We have been praying for you people but now we are going to withdraw and change our prayer points. Can somebody bites the finger that feed him or her and go free? No one, no government can fight God and go free. FGN be warned. Remember President Nebuchadnezzar, President Pharaoh, President Herod and others in the Bible. You are not stronger than them.

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