I am not the sponsor of CAMA Act – President Buhari finally speaks up.
*The Act does not target churches or religious bodies as wrongly assumed.
*It was initiated by a Senator and member of the House in the respective chambers, at the behest of the Corporate Affairs Commission
The President of Federal Republic of Nigeria has stated clearly he is not the sponsor of the CAMA ACT 2020 which has caused no small stir amongst religious leaders in the country, after a long silence, Buhari finally spoke on the issue through its Senior Special Assistant on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Ita Enang.
Speaking on the issue, Sen. Ita Enang said the Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAMA, was not targeted at the churches, mosques and other religious bodies in Nigeria.
He revealed this during an enlightenment session with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in Abuja, on Tuesday. Enang said contrary to opinions, Buhari was not the sponsor of the CAMA bill and had previously withheld his assent.
The presidential aide stated that the misconceptions that had trailed the Act were due to deliberate misinformation, aimed at blackmailing Buhari.
His statement reads:
“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.
First, the bill 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.
Secondly, upon receipt of same for assent, Mr President, in accordance with extant best practice escalated the measure to appropriate Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
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.”
Buhari had in August 2020 signed the amended CAMA Act into law.
The CAMA law states that religious bodies and charity organisations will be strictly regulated by the registrar-general of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and a supervising minister.