Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Pastor Yemi Osinbajo Thursday urged agitators protesting against the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 to sheathe their swords as they can pursue an amendment to the law under a democratic setting.
Osinbajo spoke Thursday at the ongoing Nigeria Bar Association Annual General Conference during a Special Conversation featuring him and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila.
He said the solution to the concerns is simple and urged them to seek an amendment to the CAMA Act at the National Assembly.
“We have a process by which this can be redressed. Whatever the proposal for amendment may be, whatever the view of the leadership of the church may be, regarding the question of how the trustees, whether they are interim trustees or not, can be put into a proposal that will be brought to the National Assembly for consideration for amendment to the law, that is the process which is entirely open and ought to be pursued.
“We are in a democracy and there is a process by which things can be done and that process is the one where you bring forward amendments to the National Assembly and they will do whatever is considered useful in the circumstance.”
The aggrieved groups are churches and some NGOs.
Some of them have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to revoke his assent to the law because of a section that says government can intervene in a trusteeship, where there is a dispute among members of the trusteeship.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) under which Osinbajo operates as a Pastor described the law as Satanic and an invitation to chaos.
The law seeks to control the church by stating that the Federal Government may appoint a Federal Minister to oversee a Church and the churches say they will never allow anyone especially a Muslim to do that as they argue over the spiritual stance of such person.
Church is a spiritual entity that only the spiritual and the elect of God can handle.
\The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) particularly hinted that they may seek a legal solution to the imbroglio between the church and the State.