Religious organizations in the country, particularly, the churches have been assured that the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 isn’t targeted at them.
The Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and former National Assembly Presidential Liaison Officer, Senator Ita Enang gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja when he met with the leadership of the Christain Association of Nigeria (CAN) where he received the position paper of CAN on the law.
The Christian umbrella body presented its position during a brief ceremony held at the CAN secretariat in Abuja where Enang represented President Muhammadu Buhari.
Enang in his speech at the event explained that the CAMA 2020 was not targeted at churches, mosques, and other religious bodies.
He explained that the controversies generated by the law so far is as a result of misinformation and falsehood by persons who don’t really understand the content of the law.
“Misconceptions have enveloped this Act with deliberate misinformation and falsehood by persons who may not have fully and in-fact personally read and digested the provision of the Act. We consider it appropriate and responsible to appear before you and other fora to make these explanations.
“We want to declare as a fact, that the Act does not target churches or religious bodies as wrongly assumed. For an illustration of this, I present a tabular form of the provisions of the 1990 Act which came into force on January 2, 1990, which after more than 30 years of operation has now been repealed and replaced by CAMA 2020.
“Hereunder are the comparative provisions in the two enactments to show particularly that the 2020 Act assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari has not introduced any matter oppressive to the Christian Community or any religion nor any matter discriminatory against any class of persons in Nigeria,” Enang said.
Naija News reports that the 2020 CAMA law recently signed by President Buhari on August 7, 2020 has continued to generate heated arguments among Nigerians and has been widely rejected by many notable Nigerian pastors.