15 March 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has dragged the Federal Government to court to challenge some provisions in the just gazetted controversial Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020, CAMA.
In a statement signed by its General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola says CAN is not comfortable with some provisions of CAMA 2020, hence, its decision to challenge the matter in court.
The suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/244/2021 between the Incorporated Trustees of Christian Association of Nigeria; and the Corporate Affairs Commission as well as the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment was filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, the statement added.
The case was mentioned at the Federal High Court, Abuja, today, it added.
“The Association resolved to go to court after all attempts to convince the Federal government why it should not intervene or interfere with management of the Church in the country through any of its agencies failed,” the statement partly read.
The Federal Government had on August 7, 2020, signed into law, the Companies and Allied Matters Bill, 2020. The bill, which has also been passed by the National Assembly, replaced the 1990 CAMA.
The statement explains that some clerics in the Country, CAN and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, amongst others, have rejected the law.
According to the statement section 839 (1) and (2) of the law which empowers the supervising minister “to suspend trustees of an association (in this case, the church) and appoint the interim managers to manage the affairs of the association for some given reasons.
It adds that Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) and a former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, among others, have also said CAMA 2020 would allow for gross violation of fundamental human rights, especially rights of the association.