By Emmanuel Udom
Ben Ukadike, a lawyer, pastor, entrepreneur and chairman of Auto Ben Group of Companies, located at Santos Layout, Akowonjo, Lagos, yesterday explained some of the likely reasons pastors and churches are suspicious of the Companies and Allied Maters Act, 2020 (“CAMA 2020”).
Recall that President Muhammed Buhari recently assented to the Act, which repealed the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 (the “Repealed Act”).
However, the issue generated controversies within and outside Nigeria, where religious leaders, churches, mosques and public commentators, etc, either supported or opposed the issue.
Ukadike, who is also the ministry director of Jesus Name Ministry, Lagos, said that the particular act has been in existence for 30 years and in accordance with modern trends, the president took the right step by assenting to it.
But, based on speculations, some religious leaders, especially pastors and churches are afraid that the CAMA 2020 issue could be another way by the government to islamise Nigeria, since the act is silent on who takes over a church in the event that the founder or general overseer is removed in controversial circumstances.
Recall that in the past some government decisions were speculated to be moves to intimidate and harass churches and their founders in order to checkmate their activities. For reasons best known to government.
“The government through the registrar-general of corporate affairs commission could just appoint a non -member of any church in crises- atheist, Moslem, government official, to take over any church as administrator”, he said.
He further explained that the national assembly should go back to the drawing board and have a re-think on the CAMA 2020 issue, for the sake of peace, unity and progress of the country.
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