Bishop Francis Wale Oke, President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has warned the Federal Government over the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020, saying no one fights against God and wins.
Oke, president and founder of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries International, recently emerged as president of the PFN.
In an interview with journalists published by Tribuneonline on Sunday, he disclosed that the PFN had approached the Presidency and National Assembly over CAMA Act 2020 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2020.
According to him, the body has engaged law experts over the insistence of the federal government on implementing the CAMA Act in the country.
He said the Act cannot stand in Nigeria.
“The CAMA law has been signed by the president, so it is extant; but we are working very hard on it. It cannot stand. We have approached the presidency, and the National Assembly. We have assembled a team of legal luminaries to take the matter up and they are working hard on it.
“The government cannot regulate the church. They are trying to copy the United Kingdom. Over there, government supports the church in every way. They do not meddle in the affairs of the church. They do not bother with leadership. What qualifies you to choose a leader? We do not want to appeal to our last resort, which is why we are approaching the presidency. No one ever fights against God and wins. If they are persistent in their stubbornness, we will show them where power lies”, he said.
On the mix up between PFN and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), he said the former is an integral part of CAN.
“PFN is a semi-block, while CAN is made up of five blocks. PFN is half of a block. God has blessed us with great churches and several millions of faithful believers. We are a vibrant and integral part of CAN. On any matter, the position of CAN is our position. Before CAN come out to make a stand, they have consulted all the leadership that formed CAN. Whatever CAN says about any national or religious issue is exactly the position of PFN”, he also said.
On his emergence as PFN president, Oke noted that he does not take the opportunity for granted, noting that the position had previously been occupied by great men of God.
“This is a seat formerly occupied by Reverend J.O Boyejo, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Archbishop Benson Idahosa of blessed memory; Bishop Michael Okonkwo and Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor who are still alive and well and most recently, Reverend Dr. Felix Omobude, who handed over to me,” he stated.
Churches in Nigeria have continued to stand against the CAMA Act, which stipulates that the director-general of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and one supervising minister will be in charge of religious bodies and charity organisations in the country.
The CAMA Act also gives the CAC power to suspend the trustees of any organisation or religious body and can appoint interim manager or managers to run the affairs of the organisation if the commission believes certain things have been done against public interest.