The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) have rejected the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) saying it’s an invitation to anarchy.
CUPP spokesman, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere in a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, accused some members of the National Assembly of secretly inserting and passed as amendments obnoxious sections into the CAMA which has been hurriedly signed into law.
According to him, this new law and how the mysterious sections which attack the very sacred foundations of God given right to freedom of worship, association and speech alongside the right of believers to have their spiritual leaders and their doctrine sacredly pursued is a shock to the opposition family.
He said, “We agree that some religious bodies and their outfits might not have lived up to expectation but that is not enough reason for the APC government to hide under a mysterious amendment to attempt to choose who owns and governs religious bodies, determine religions and doctrines for people, take over the finances of religious bodies.
“Disburse their funds as they do public funds, dictate who gets what or not including the outrageous plan by APC led Federal government to seize money contributed voluntarily by Christian and Muslim organisations/members in pursuit of their spiritual beliefs and disburse these holy funds to any organisation without the consent of the owners of these funds. What a sacrilege.
“This law that allows government to hijack a Muslim or Christian religious body without express order of a court is nothing but an invitation to anarchy, religious war, religious division and destruction of national cohesion and threat to national unity and harmony and can best be described as an evil law which must not be allowed to stand.
“Laws are for peace and good governance and not to cause anarchy, violence and desolation.
“We must understand that the funds contributed by Religious organisations and their members are private voluntary funds raised by Religious organisations for their specific religious pursuits and not a subvention from government and cannot be hijacked by the government without an order of a court and cannot also be taken by government and dashed out to any other organisation without considering the interest of those religious groups that voluntarily raised these funds.
“We agree that there is need for regulation of activities of religious groups but that can be done by enacting laws for religious self regulatory bodies like the way lawyers under NBA, NMA, Financial professional bodies self regulate and not a direct take over and subjugation of the Christian and Muslim bodies and their outfits.”