Samuel Abiara, retired General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), has urged the Federal Government to remove anything unacceptable to religious organisations from the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).
He said this in a statement made available to Church Times on Monday.
Abiara said the leaders must remember that religious organisations support the government with prayers when things get tough and must not do things against their wish.
The prophet added that Nigeria must focus on battling its security challenges rather than trying to monitor churches.
“I want to advise all citizens and all those in power to be watchful of their utterances in politics, religious matter or any issue concerning the nation because everything you say will be on record, either good or hate speech.”
“Leaders should not forget that during any crisis in the country, it is the religious bodies that pray for the country day and night for peace. They should be mindful and not forget that the citizens brought them to power.
“Right now we are battling with kidnapping, Boko Haram, hunger, famine, herdsmen, ritual killing, rape and communal clashes etc. We should not add more crisis to what we already have on the ground.
“What we need in Nigeria now is peace and tight security,” he said.
While urging the government to be very careful in handling spiritual matters, he said, “When it comes to spiritual matters, the government needs to seek advice from both the Muslim and Christian leaders in the country. Anything that is not acceptable to the religious organizations, government should withdraw immediately.”
He then called on the federal government and the lawmakers to set in motion the machinery for a quick review of the offensive part of the Act.
Abiara warned that politicians must not fight God and must be very careful as their own children may be in positions of power in future.