– Vice president Yemi Osinbajo has spoken on the controversial CAMA 20
– Osinbajo said that most religious leaders are opposing the law because they fear that the process will be abused
– The vice president added that some churches are also worried over the thought of losing control of the organisation to persons who do not share their faith
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The presidency has spoken on why it believes many religious leaders are kicking against the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 recently passed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
During the Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) held on Thursday, August 27, Vice president Yemi Osinbajo explained that most clerics are at odds with the legislation because they are afraid that the entire process will be abused.
Osinbajo pointed out churches are not opposing the law because they are afraid of lack of accountability on their part but that they are worried that the entire process, in the long run, will be compromised.
He said: “As a general position, I do not think it will be right to say that pastors don’t want to be accountable.
“The problem that they may have is ensuring that processes are not abused in such a way as to compromise the entire organization.”
Added to this, the vice president stated that religious bodies hate the idea of losing control of their churches or mosques to persons (in this case, the federal government’s appointees) who do not share their faith.
Osinbajo explained: “The concern of the Churches is that it could lead to a situation where practically anybody could be appointed as a trustee to oversee the Church…
“…a Church or a Mosque is a spiritual organization and if you do not share the same faith with the Church or Mosque, you may be the wrong person and if a wrong is appointed, you may create more trouble for the organization.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that many Nigerians and groups in the country had reacted negatively to the CAMA enacted by the federal government.
One of such organisations that had fiercely rejected the act is the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) which has referred to the business legislation as a timebomb and satanic in nature.
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