Sola Ore, Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Lagos Chapter, has said the national body of the fellowship is considering legal action against the Commercial and Allied Matters Acts (CAMA).
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He said this in a chat with Church Times.
Ore said the law had been debated years back at a public hearing. He however said the fellowship did not speak with a ‘strong voice’ hence the passage of the law.
He said the Nigerian government is delving into a matter it knows nothing about, adding that the country is only compared with developed countries when it suits the government.
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“It is easy to compare Nigeria with the UK when it suits the government. But the question is, is the government in Nigeria behaving the way the UK government behaving? Nobody is saying the church is afraid of scrutiny. I am one of those who go against manipulation and financial recklessness in the church.
“So it is not about not wanting to open our books to the public. What we are saying is that spiritual matters sometimes are not what could be subjected to debate. Personally, I will lead a crusade against fraudulent pastors who take advantage of the people.
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“But then we can’t allow undue meddlesomeness in the way the church is being run. That is the area we may have to challenge in the law court. Whatever control we are talking about, the church is well-positioned to control itself,” he was quoted to have said.
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Ore urged church leaders to cooperate with the PFN, saying many of them shun meetings but only show up when there is trouble.
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