Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, has expressed that the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 does not target churches and religious bodies.
He made this known while speaking during a visitation to the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Dr. Samson Ayokunle in Abuja on Tuesday.
At the event, Enang pointed out that sections of the Act being disputed by religious bodies, especially Christians, were not new and had been in the 1990 Act, which was recently amended.
Enang said Buhari had no bad intention against Christianity or any other religion, adding that the Act, having become law by assent, only the National Assembly could amend it.
“Misconceptions have enveloped this Act with deliberate misinformation and falsehood by persons who may not have fully and in-fact personally read and digested the provision of the Act, he said
“First, the bill as it then was, was not an executive bill transmitted by President Buhari to the legislature. It was initiated by a Senator and member of the House in the respective chambers, at the behest of the Corporate Affairs Commission and support of the Ministry of Trade and Investment.
“They made different inputs some of which led to Mr President declining assent twice to the bill in the entire tenure or life of the 8th Assembly. We want to declare as a fact, that the Act does not target churches or religious bodies as wrongly assumed.”