David Oyedepo, the presiding Bishop of Faith Tabernacle (also known as Winners’ Chapel International), has said the country became tensed up and charged after he criticised Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 (CAMA).
There has been an uproar over CAMA recently assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, especially by leaders of Christian-denominated organisations, over section 839 (1) and (2) which empowers the supervising minister or the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) “to suspend trustees of an association (in this case, the church) and appoint the interim managers to manage the affairs of the association for some given reasons”.
Delivering a sermon last Tuesday, Oyedepo insisted that the church is God’s body and cannot be regulated by the CAC or a piece of legislation,
Following his fierce criticism of the act, several persons, including Lauretta Onochie, a Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, have criticised the cleric over his comments.
But speaking during his church’s service at Canaanland, Ogun State, Oyedepo said his “bomb” on CAMA changed the atmosphere and forced all and sundry to have a discussion on the legislation.
He said: “The atmosphere was so charged with all kinds of information. Just try to browse and then your entire body system chemistry begins to change by an information that is not relevant to you; you are the one that went for it. It’s not relevant to you.
“My story may look primitive, but I won’t stop sharing it: I bought the last newspaper in 1993. I am not a media specialist. During this COVID-19 propaganda by a lot of international media, I tried to follow through, I told my son, ‘Never again will I watch this stupid thing’.
”I said my spirit man was choking by the volume of their lies. I shut it down. I am hearing purely from God at all times. If I say something sir, I am saying it by the Spirit of God.
”You know the bomb I threw last Sunday: He (God) gave it to me. They were gyrating, vibrating. You know that’s as my custom is. God tells me something, how you look is irrelevant; I will throw it gbam. You don’t cover your head, whatever happens to you, that’s all.”