- The presidency has finally made vital clarifications on the controversial CAMA law
- Ita Enang, a senior aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the law is not anti-churches as wrongly perceived
- Enang also noted that different misconceptions have been raised by the law that seeks to appoint trustees for religious organisations
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The federal government has finally broken its silence following bones of contention raised recently over the controversial Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (CAMA).
Legit.ng recalls that the law, since being introduced by the government, has been generating a ripple of controversies with top Nigerian clergies including Pastor David Oyedepo and Primate Elijah Ayodele raising eyebrows.
On Tuesday, September 1, the federal government said the law was not introduced to oppress the churches and mosques in Nigeria as contrarily perceived.
Ita Enang, a senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, made this revelation while meeting with some leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abuja.
Enang explained that the act has raised many misconceptions and many politicians from the opposition have been using the opportunity to label the act as anti-religious.
“Unnecessary misconceptions have enveloped this CAMA law with deliberate misinformation and falsehood being championed by some persons who may not have fully and in fact, personally read and digested the provision of the Act.
"So, I consider it appropriate and responsible to appear before you and other fora to make these explanations. First, the bill as it then was, was not an executive bill transmitted by President Buhari to the legislature.
"It was initiated by a senator and member of the House of Representatives (names withheld) in the respective chambers at the behest of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and support of the Ministry of Trade and Investment,” Enang said.
In a related development, the founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Oke-Afa, Ejigbo Lagos, Primate Elijah Ayodele, spoke against the new CAMA that seeks to appoint trustees over religious organisations.
In his interview with Legit TV, the clergyman said that nobody can appoint anybody over the church he invested his blood, sweat, and money on.
Primate Ayodele said that even if it is possible with the so-called other rich churches, it cannot happen with his.
CAMA: Nobody can take over my church: Primate Ayodele - Legit TV