Olaleye Idowu

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has aligns itself with the position Christians Association Nigeria in describing the recently signed  Companies and Allied Matter Bill by President Mohammadu Buhari as being offensive, whilst  requesting the review of some of its sections

The PFN said it stands with the Christian Association of Nigeria and reaffirmed her position on the matter, adding that it would be taking actions in pursuit of a remedy, accordingly.

Section 839 (1) and (2) of the law which empowers the supervising minister to suspend trustees of an association (in this case, the church) and appoint an interim managers to mange the affairs of the association for some given reasons was described as satanic by the Christian  association body

The PFN National President, Dr Felix Omobude, said he has continued to receive calls from several organizations and individuals expressing worry and concern about the law, especially as it relates to provisions of section 839 of the Act.

Omobude in a statement on Tuesday argued that there were contradictions in the law, stressing that some of the provisions in CAMA were already covered by other legislations. It was titled, ‘PFN calls for offensive parts of CAMA to be removed.’

It said, “Following a briefing by its team of legal advisers, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria is convinced that there is indeed cause for concern about the Companies and Allied Matters Act recently signed into law, as it concerns civil society organizations, religious bodies and other not-for-profit concerns.

“Our concerns are founded around provisions of section 839 (1) (a),(b),(c) which we see as contrary to sections 6(6) and 36 of the Constitution of the

“We believe that these provisions, among others, leave the door open to abuse, denial of fair hearing, arbitrariness and dubious use of power by the commission and/or its agents.

“We intend to assert our constitutional rights, following the prescribed procedure for redress, to ensure that the not-for-profit sector which has been standing in the gap for the disadvantaged and underprivileged Nigerians, in the face of neglect by government at all levels, is able to continue doing so without hindrance.”

The Christian body expressed concern about the provision which makes recourse to ‘public interest’ as grounds for taking over a non-governmental organisation by the government or its agents, “contrary to section 36” of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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