The Diocesan & Missionary, Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Rt. Rev. Dr Humphrey Olumakaiye has said that the demonstration trailing the controversial amendment to the Company and Allied Matters Act is due to the lack of confidence on the part of the country’s leadership.
The Bishop stated this in a statement entitled: CAMA LAW: CRISIS OF LEADERSHIP TRUST, issued exclusively to Tribune Online yesterday in Lagos.
Humphrey cleared the air that the church is not against the government’s responsibility of law-making, but doubt the sincerity and the honesty attached to it.
He explained that the churches and NGO have done the expected under the regulations, noting that the action on the part of the government was done without involving the major stakeholders.
“Those who have raised their voices in protest to the implementation of this law, have right to do so and this, when investigated is as a result of lack of confidence in the leaders of our nation from the past to the present for obvious reasons.
“It should be made clear that the church is not saying that the government shouldn’t make law for the citizens; indeed the government exists to make laws for the good of the people who elected them to serve but such law must be with all sincerity and without prejudice.
“The truth is that churches and NGOs have registered under the law and so ought to abide by its regulations; however, before the law was amended, the relevant stakeholders should have been properly briefed and their input requested.
“Regardless of good intentions, the seed of suspicion has been sown by the controversial aspect of the law of Section 839, sub-section 1 & 2, whereas we are in a country where the government is not faithful in keeping with the promises they made in their manifesto for election into offices.
“Our leaders have not shown to us that they can be trusted; the rate of embezzlement and fund misappropriation is greatly alarming.
“Tribalism and religious preferences have dealt severely with the nation’s growth and economic development.
“Our leaders have not been putting a round peg in a round hole, so how can they convince the church that there will be transparency with the CAMA law.
“That popular maxim says, “He who comes into equity must come with clean hands.”
“The church is not shying away from checks and balances, prudence and accountability but the government is expected to build the trust and confidence of the citizens by acting decisively on this issue and also the need to look at the complaints and make amends where necessary.
“However, even if a Christian will be asked to take over the affairs of a church under investigation, will the government know the appropriate person to appoint, won’t the person be someone who will dance to their tunes.
“The church is a spiritual organization and must be guided by her principles in the appointment of her leaders without any external interference” The Bishop stated. CAMA
The Bishop, therefore, beseeched the President and all other leaders of the country to pray, serve in all sincerity, give better leadership and look into the law in the spirit of the synod.
“As we hold the Second Session of the Thirty-fourth Synod of our dear Diocese of Lagos, Anglican Communion, scheduled for Our Saviour’s Church, TBS, Lagos, from Sunday, 6th September to 8th September 2020, and in the spirit of the Synod Theme- ‘Pray, Serve and Grow’, we urge the President and all other leaders to brace up in prayers, serve in sincerity and integrity, give us a better leadership, the one that can be trusted to grow our dear nation, and then, look into the said law and do the needful” Ge said. CAMA