The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the implementation of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020.
Several religious leaders and bodies have kicked against a section of the Act, which the President signed into law on August 7, 2020.
One of the contentious aspects of the law is Section 839, which provides for religious bodies, non-governmental organisations and charity organisations to be regulated by the Registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission and a supervising minister.
In a letter signed by CAN National President, Samson Ayokunle, and presented to Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Ita Enang, at a ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, the association claimed that CAMA did not receive input from affected stakeholders before it was passed.
“We consider the Act, as indeed, a complex of statecraft compendium, laden with issues that are grossly inimical to national interest, security (peace and stability), and overall wellbeing of the Nigerian-state,” CAN said.
“From the reactions of stakeholders and a cross-section of the Nigerian-state, it is apparent that the Act either did not receive input from the respective various interest groups or failed to accommodate their views, sundry concerns and varying interests of the Nigerian people.
“Mr President, from the foregoing, we are of the opinion that you should kindly issue the appropriate directives to suspend the implementation of CAMA 2020 and affirm a thorough reappraisal of the legislation that is in correlation with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended), other extant legal and policy frameworks, the national economy, national security, national interest and the wellbeing of the Nigerian-state.”
While receiving the letter from the leaders of the association, Enang, a former aide of the President on National Assembly Matters, alleged that some politicians, especially those in the opposition parties, had “wrongly characterised” CAMA as an anti-religious law.
The Presidential aide added that it was wrong to suggest that the Act is targeted at religious bodies.