Apostle Johnson Suleiman has kicked against the Company and Allied Matters Acts, CAMA signed into law on August 7, 2020, and the CAC intends to apply the law in churches.
According to the general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, “In my church, anybody you put at the board of trustee, just tell him to write his will, because he is gone,”
President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the Company and Allied Matters Acts, CAMA into law on August 7, 2020.
Under the law, religious bodies and charity organizations will be strictly regulated by the registrar-general of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and a supervising minister.
CAMA provides that 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.
Reacting to this, the outspoken clergyman on Wednesday at his church’s headquarters in Auchi said he law is an ill wind, describing it as ‘diabolic and evil intended against the church.
The CAMA law is diabolic and evil intended against the church. They say they can change a board of trustees and no court can upturn it. Why will I respect an Act that does not respect the law?
“It is a useless Act, a cattle mentality.
“Yes, in America, London, the government regulates charity organizations. We have about eight branches in London and 30 in America. But in these countries, charity organizations can apply and collect grants from the government. In this last pandemic, I know churches that got $80, 000 USD, $100, 000 USD as support from the government. When you support charity organizations, you have the right to regulate them. But is it in this country (Nigeria) that we will apply for N100 million and the government will release it?
“If you give us, then you can regulate us.
“We are not anti-government. Some weeks ago, I paid N4.5 as a personal income tax to the state government. My wife also pays. This is aside from the taxes my companies pay.
“Pastors are wealthy today because those they invested in years back are those taking care of them today.
“CAMA Act is evil intended, maliciously planned, it is not right and it will not stand.
“A government that borrows money and they don’t tell us how they spend it and they now want the church to tell them how they spend theirs.
“In my church, anybody you put at the board of trustee, just tell him to write his will, because he is gone,” he added.