PENTECOSTAL Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has accused the Federal Government for continuing with an islamization agenda by straying into religious matters with the signing of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Abia State PFN, which made the accusation, rejected the law, insisting that religious bodies should not be regulated by outsiders who do not understand spiritual matters.
Secretary of PFN, Rev. Blessed Amalambu, said in Umuahia, that CAMA 2020 was born with an ulterior motive as no secular organization should be given the right to influence activities or appointment of any church workers.
“CAMA 2020 is all about power, authority and control. It empowers the Director-General of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to replace the Board of Trustees of a church, dissolve the leadership and appoint any one person of their choice to manage the church.
“The law empowers CAC to appoint non-believers to preside over Christian affairs. They can replace church trustees, if they believe there has been perceived mismanagement, misconduct or fraud, to protect its property in the public interest.
“How can appoint a non-Christian as an Interim Manager of a Church to replace Christian church members, with no tenure limit for the appointed Interim Management?
“Externally appointed leaders who do not know, understand or agree with how a church should be run, will only violate them and cause unnecessary trouble.
“Things of God and worship of God are not a business or social issues to be considered in CAMA. It has to do with life, a relationship between man and his creator.”
The PFN Scribe said the law is an irregularity and an intrusion and believes the CAC has exceeded its mandate.
He insisted that CAMA 2020 would fail like Federal Government’s Ruga policy.
He recalled that in 2017, there was a public hearing on CAMA amendment in which the concept of public control over religious bodies was totally rejected “and this makes the motives behind the recent CAMA 2020 amendments suspicious.”