Lawyers, human right groups, religious bodies have risen in unison to demand that the Nigerian government reverse the provision of new Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently, which empowers the federal government to appoint acting trustees for non-profit and non-governmental organisations like churches in the event of a complaint of misconduct. Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in a recent statement, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently return the law to the National Assembly for immediate amendment. It said the law, which repealed the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 (1), was assented to despite its rejection at the public hearing stage.
In the statement CAN said if the federal government insisted on retaining the legislation, it would be seen as a declaration of war on Christianity and an agenda to destroy the church.
“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..
“How can the government sack the trustees of a church which it contributed no dime to establish?
“How can a secular and political minister be the final authority on the affairs and management of another institution which is not political?”
In another response, The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Effurun branch in Delta has , vowed to challenge in court, the new Company and Allied Matters 2020 Act, CAMA, signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The NBA President in Effurun, Mr. Jonathan Ekperusi Esqmade, made the vow during a remark when he led members of the legal profession on a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Warri Correspondents’ Chapel.The legal practitioner said the CAMA 2020 Act was smuggled into the law establishing the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, through the backdoor.
In the same vein ,The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has declared that the amended Company and Allied Matters Act 2020, CAMA, signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, is an affront on democracy and aimed at instilling dictatorship in Nigeria.
HURIWA made the claim in a statement on Saturday signed by the right group’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, who called on the Federal government to immediately expunge toxic provisions in the amended CAMA Act 2020 which seeks to disempower Non-Governmental bodies and churches.
The group said the amended act is a “direct affront on constitutional democracy and a new form of dictatorship.”HURIWA also alleged in the statement that the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, which would ensure the enforcement of CAMA is always controlled by “Hausa-Fulani.” appointees.