The Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, Dr. David Oyedepo, has advised the Federal Government against applying the part of the amended Companies and Allied Matters (CAMA) Act, 2020, that gives the supervising minister the power to remove the board of trustees of churches and replace them.
Addressing members of his congregation on Sunday, Oyedepo noted that government has “no power” to appoint people over churches.
According to him, the church runs on the patterns delivered by God, not man.
The preacher described the amended CAMA act as a “sinister, demonic attempt to stifle the church.”
“In the document, they said the registrar-general can remove the trustees without recourse to the court. Don’t try it. This must be from somebody who woke up from the wrong side of the bed after dreaming. The person must have drafted that aspect in the bill as their custom is,” he said.
“Please know that the church is the bride of Christ. We are returning home someday for the big marriage supper of the lamb. It is wisdom to quickly expunge that part that affects the religious body from that document. It is only safe to do that.
“In fact, they said they would appoint managers. So, they can appoint occultists to be managers of church affairs when we are alive. Don’t try it when this crude prophet is alive, when all the sons of the prophets are alive, don’t try it, this is a timely advice.
“The church is God’s heritage on earth. Molest the wife of somebody and you will see the anger of that person. The church is the bride of Christ. You know how a strong man is when you tamper with his wife. The church is the body of Christ. We are under obligation to give warnings to wicked rulers so we could be free from their blood.
“The church works on the patterns delivered by God not the pattern of man. Government has no power to appoint people over churches. This is a secular nation. The church is the greatest asset of God in this country. Please, be warned. I have that prophetic obligation. Judgment is closer than ever, be warned.
“The Lord says I have been still but now I will arise. Anybody that is in this deal is taking poison. This will never work. I am waiting for a day when anybody will appoint a trustee over this church… You can’t gag anybody. We own this country together.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had on August 7 signed the CAMA act into law.
The law, which replaced the 1990 CAMA, was recently passed by the National Assembly.
According to the law, religious bodies and charity organisations will be strictly regulated by the Registrar-General of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and a supervising minister.
CAMA provides that the commission may by order, suspend the trustees of an association or a religious body and appoint an interim manager or managers to coordinate its affairs where it reasonably believes that there has been any misconduct or mismanagement, or where the affairs of the association are being run fraudulently or where it is necessary or desirable for the purpose of public interest.