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Olumakaiye tasks FG to correct misstep over CAMA 2020

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Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye

The Bishop of Lagos and Missioner, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye has called on the Federal Government to listen to the outcries of stakeholders over the amended Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA 2020), recently signed and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, and make necessary amendments.

He said the Church is not saying that the government should not make laws for the citizens, but that such laws must be devoid of any kind of ambiguity, with all sincerity and without prejudice.

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The Bishop disclosed this in Lagos while announcing the official opening of the 2nd Session of the 34th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos scheduled to hold between Sunday, September 6 and Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Our Saviours Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

The cleric noted that protest against the implementation of the law is premised on a lack of confidence in the leaders of the nation from the past to the present for obvious reasons.

He added that the truth is that Churches and non-governmental organisations registered under the law and so ought to abide by its regulations, however, before the law was amended, the right thing was to have carried all stakeholders along.

“Regardless of good intentions, the seed of suspicion has been sown by the controversial aspect of the law of Section 839, sub-section 1 and 2, whereas, we are in a country where the government is not faithful in keeping with the promises they made in their manifesto for election into offices.

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“Our leaders have not shown to us that they can be trusted. The rate of embezzlement and fund misappropriation is greatly alarming. Tribalism and religious preferences have dealt severely with the nation’s growth and economic development. Our leaders have not been putting a round peg in a round hole, so how can they convince the Church that there will be transparency with the CAMA law.”

He added that the Church is not shying away from checks and balances, prudence and accountability, but the government is also expected to trust and have confidence in its citizens by acting decisively on this issue and also ponder on the need to look at the complaints and make amends where necessary.
Olumakaiye stated that should a Christian be asked to take over the affairs of a church under investigation, would the government know the appropriate person to appoint.

He wondered whether the person won’t be someone who will dance to their tunes, adding that the Church is a spiritual organisation and must abide by her principles in the appointment of her leaders without any external interference.

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