Pastor Adeboye And ECWA President protest govt regulation of churches.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye and the President of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Rev. Stephen Panya Baba, have joined other prominent church leaders to reject outright the Companies and Allied Matters Amendment Act 2020.
The CAMA 2020 was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 7.
Section 839 of the Companies and Allied Matters Amendment Act (CAMA 2020) provides that religious bodies, non-governmental organizations and charity organisations shall be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and a supervising minister.
CAN had warned that the execution of the law would amount to an invitation to trouble that the government might not have the powers to manage.
But the Federal Government had vowed to implement the Company and Allied Matters Act, CAMA, 2020.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye was quoted by Vanguard to have said that his position on the issue was not different from that of the CAN and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN.
The Head of Media and Public Relations, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, who spoke on behalf of Pastor Adeboye, said: “The stand of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and the leadership of the church on issues like this is not always different from whatever the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN.
“We always align ourselves with whatever the stand of the leadership of CAN and PFN (is) on issues like this. The Redeemed Christian Church of God does not take any decision that is at variance with the stands of CAN and PFN; and, the same thing applies concerning this very issue.
“Daddy will not take a stand different from the ones of the two organisations, CAN and PFN. CAN and PFN have spoken on the issue of CAMA and as far as the Redeemed Christian Church of God is concerned that is our position too. We are in alignment with that stand.”
ECWA President, Rev. Stephen Panya Baba, was also reported to have expressed irritation over President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent assent to CAMA.
He pledged that ECWA would “endorse whatever CAN leadership decides to adopt to revert the obnoxious enactment.
“We are not happy and we urge the Federal Government to do the needful to revert this obnoxious law which is totally unacceptable.”
He commended the prompt action of CAN leadership in condemning the law, which, according to him, had variously been condemned by several church organizations and human rights groups.
He expressed surprise at the silence of Christian members of the National Assembly over the enactment of the controversial aspects of the law.
The ECWA president urged Christian leaders to engage such members before passing laying the blame at their doorsteps.
“We are not in a position now to know what really happened during their deliberations, because I am aware that CAN made the position of the nation’s Christians known during the public hearing in the National Assembly.
“I will, therefore, advise our leaders to engage Christian members of the National Assembly to ascertain what truly happened during the Parliament’s deliberations.”
Rev. Baba stated: “Nevertheless, I can assure you that whatever CAN leadership decides to employ to reverse this very obnoxious piece of legislation we are behind it.”