07 September 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
The Nigerian Inter-Religious Council, NIREC has called on the National Assembly to be objective to the reactions of Nigerians on the Companies and Allied Matter Act, 2020, CAMA, in the spirit of democracy
This is contained in a statement signed by the Executive Secretary of the Council, Professor Cornelius Afebu Omonokhua
It also adds that citizens should be law abiding in the spirit of patriotism.
“All citizens should be aware that even after following due legislative process in making any law including CAMA 2020, it does not become sacrosanct.
It urges Citizens with genuine observations to be free to express them.
The statement also advises well-meaning individuals and groups to be patient as the issue has constitutional and democratic solutions.
It explains that one of the beauties of democracy is that citizens have their representatives in the legislature and sponsorship of private Bills allowed.
It states that this is more imperative in view of the need for the country to improve its ranking in ease of doing business and fight against corruption.
We are, however, advised and guided that in the legislative process, laws may emanate from the National Assembly or from the Executive or any of its agencies as well as from private individuals or groups.
This good practice of engagement with stakeholders before passing any law must continue as the citizens will be happier with a law that contains their input.
The statement therefore admonishes well-meaning individuals or groups with genuine complaints to approach the court or the National Assembly to avoid generating unnecessary acrimony.
“All those aggrieved by the passage of the CAMA 2020 should therefore resort to the legislative process by proposing either an amendment or repeal of the CAMA 2020” the statement advises.
It states that it will then be left for the National Assembly to consider such Bills in their own merit.
NIREC is under the leadership of the Co-Chairmen,
Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)