Founder and presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, David Oyedepo, has faulted the establishment of Company and Allied Matters Acts (CAMA) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The well-respected clergyman on Sunday, August 16 during a sermon at his Church, condemned the CAMA application recently signed into by President Buhari.
Naija News understands that President Buhari had penned his signature on the CAMA law on August 7, 2020. It is understood that the law gives permission for the registrar-general of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and a supervising minister to oversee religious bodies and charity organisations.
As contained in the application, “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.”
However, reacting to the CAMA law, Bishop Oyedepo yesterday berated the application, said ‘such laws were borne of out the government’s jealousy about the prosperity recorded by the church.’
The man of God expressed his dissatisfaction with the law, questioned the rationality behind subjecting churches to the same laws as companies. According to him, ‘the Church is God’s heritage on earth.’
He said, “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 pattern 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. Judgment is coming. 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.
“It is only in Africa that people who are over 80 years still run around to become president. I know that it is the prosperity of the church that is making them jealous. But I am going to live to see an army of many winners soar greater. In this church shall emerge one of the largest concentration of giants on the earth,” Oyedepo added.
Meanwhile, an Akwa Ibom State female pastor has been arrested over alleged child theft, Naija News reports.