Several Nigerians have berated Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of Aviation, for criticising the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 that was assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.
In a post on Twitter on Friday, Fani-Kayode described the CAMA legislation as “the greatest threat to Christendom in our history”.
He added that no piece of legislation will disrupt Christianity from flourishing in Nigeria.
“Though the legislation known as CAMA represents the greatest threat to Christendom in our history, those behind it fail to appreciate that the gates of hell SHALL NOT prevail against the Church. No matter what they do, Jesus remains Lord & the gospel shall continue to flourish,” he tweeted.
However, the former minister’s tweet elicited a backlash from Nigerians, who denounced him for criticising what some of them viewed as a much-awaited law needed to regulate religious institutions.
A large number of commentators on the tweet said religious institutions must become more accountable to their congregation.
They also insisted that the Federal Government can monitor and regulate religious institutions for fraudulent activities since their worship centres are domiciled in Nigeria.
See below comments from on Nigerians on Fani-Kayode on Twitter:
The new CAMA is the best thing that has ever happened to Nigeria. Churches and religious groups and gatherings must be accountable, no more era of buying private jet with church members money, the fact that you started a church does not mean you own the funds. Give account!!
— Suzzy (@Bluntsuzzy) August 21, 2020
Nobody said the gospel shouldn't flourish, what we are saying is the church should not be used as a get rich quick scheme like many pastors have been using it. The gospel of our lord Almighty is not one to be used to enrich ones pocket at the detriment of church members
— Suzzy (@Bluntsuzzy) August 21, 2020
If CAN or NSCIA doesn't want CAMA they can migrate to Mali or Madagascar. Enough of religion sentiments. We're the most religious Nations in the world and also one of the most corrupt Nations in the world. What are we preaching? Deception.
— Waheed Junaid (@WaheedJunaid2) August 21, 2020
Oga no be only church the provisions of the amended CAMA affected. Muslim organizations and other similar incorporated trustee association are also affected. Stop creating unnecessary enmity in the country in the name of religion.
— Jaji Tawfiq O. (@jajitaofeek) August 21, 2020
Oga shut up if u don't know what to tweet .Religious institutions need urgent regulation in Nigeria.we support CAMA . This is how it is done in other countries. U know better .
— United Ehis P (@PeterEhis2) August 21, 2020
It has no hidden agenda over Christendom. CAN have no excuse cos they were all invited during the public hearing of the bill. Were they sleeping? There's only one clause that makes it looks somehow, the establishment of board of directors for churches.
— oguntomisin (@oreoluwaogunto1) August 21, 2020
Somee pastors are speaking against the CAMA in this nation, yet same people will leave this country for another well organised nation where they have thier own CAMA that checkmate them. Ask MFM. Ask Ashimolowo. Las las, we go dey alright.
— Oladipo Olatilewa (@_olatilewa) August 21, 2020
For you, following the crowd and the popular, the cheesy and the cheeky is thematic of that which is practical, true and efficacious!
— Olu Ogunnowo (@OluOgunnowo11) August 21, 2020
The churchs in nigeria are frauds they have become an avenue for materialism as against spirituality.
— Chinedu Nvene (@ChineduNvene) August 21, 2020
Not until the Christians themselves do the needful, mind you many of them are after money
— Ayogu Emeka (@AyoguEmeka1) August 21, 2020
It's a welcome development stop crying like a baby 😏
— Chizotam (@Josephzotam) August 21, 2020
Playing the religious card as usual.
— YOUR FATHER (@dericardos) August 21, 2020
Egbon… é má disappoint mi ni gba mì
— Adigun Ahmed Ayobami (@adigunmed) August 21, 2020
In a secular state, smh
— Mubarak Zarewa (@mr_mubzyy) August 21, 2020
However, some Nigerians tweeted their support in favour of Fani-Kayode and condemned the passage and assent of the CAMA legislation.
They are wasting their time especially this administration ,they all will die rotten in hell before they can stop the people of Jesus Christ The King of Kings .
— Onyema Chukwu Eke (@timonyema2) August 21, 2020
ACCOUNTABILITY is farfetched from Nigerian government.
Please, give us Good Governance first before you start talking about CAMA.
I can see that you don't have any other place to feast on. 🙁
— ✝DOCTOR EXCELLENCE™💎 (@Paulzerina) August 21, 2020
The bad part is the part that said government will change the trustee with any person of their choice instead of the organisation will be mandated to vote in from their membership their choice.
— Scombo (@Ugoonyeka2) August 21, 2020
Nigeria churches should not only condemn this law, they should act vigorously now to repeal it before it begins to be applied. And this should be an eye opener that the govt is against the church in Nigeria
— Isaac Uwenbor (@IUwenbor) August 21, 2020