Leader of the Living Faith church, aka Winners chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo has reacted to the newly signed CAMA law
The clergy on Sunday questioned the rationale behind the inclusion of religious centres
and charity organisations into the Company and Allied Matters Acts (CAMA).
The law which was recently signed by the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari states that
“the commission may by order, suspend the trustees of an association
or a religious body and appoint an interim manager or managers
to coordinate its affairs where it reasonably believes
that there has been any misconduct or mismanagement,
or where the affairs of the association are being run fraudulently
or where it is necessary or desirable for the purpose of public interest.”
While addressing the members of his congregation, Bishop David Oyedepo said the decision is borne out of jealousy of the church’s growth. In his words:
The church works on the pattern delivered by God
not the pattern of man.
The government has no power to appoint people over churches.
This is a secular nation.
The church is the greatest asset of God in this country.
Please be warned. Judgment is coming.
The Lord says I have been still but now I will arise.
Anybody that is in this deal is taking poison.
This will never work.
Bishop David Further reiterates that no one can be appointd over the Living Faith church
I am waiting for a day when anybody will appoint a trustee over this church…
You can’t gag anybody. We own this country together.
It is only in Africa that people
who are over 80 years still run around to become president.
I know that it is the prosperity of the church that is making them jealous.
But I am going to live to see an army of many winners soar greater.
In this church shall emerge one of the largest concentrations of giants on earth.
Meanwhile President Buhari May have a reply to Bishop David Oyedepo, as one of his aides Lauretta Onochie has replied the clergy
According to her, Oyedepo either obey the laws or go and build his own country
I hope this is not true.
If it is, Oyedepo will have to manufacture his own country and live by his own laws.
As long as he lives and operates within the entity called Nigeria, he will live by Nigerian rules and laws. He will do as he's told by the law🙄
Enough of lawlessness pic.twitter.com/A0lMPe7Cku
— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) August 17, 2020
People on social media however have different reactions to Bishop David Oyedepo view .
While some agree with him, some believe he is wrong.
Below are the reactions:
CAMA. NBC Code. Social Media Bill. Hate Speech Bill.Taxes. SARS. DSS. ARMY. Banditry. Terrorism. Destruction of Lives/ Properties by State Forces.
Bishop Oyedepo. Christianity. Islam. Isn't our problem. Buhari is.
Nigeria can't survive the next 3 years with all of these.#TPACT
— #TPACT Mazi @FestusGreen 🇳🇬 (@FestusGreen) August 17, 2020
You all think that the #CAMA bill signed into law by Mr President is designed to better your lot as a Nigerian?
It's not about Oyedepo and NGOs.
It's just a plot to keep everyone and any form of opposition in check.
That's all they've been doing lately. pic.twitter.com/oGoo4eF9tk
— Daniel דניאל (@Dharnnel_) August 17, 2020
Oyedepo seems to do too much at times. I am sure your church has a branch in the UK and you don’t have a problem with their regulation which is the same as this here in Nigeria.
— Don Willy (@willyfatherhero) August 17, 2020
Paragraph 3 line 2,3,4,5 I don’t understand. You think oyedepo is mad for rejecting?? pic.twitter.com/UbJzqrmwDF
— THE MEEK (@BigDadiMeek) August 17, 2020
Every christian should stand up against CAMA, it's not about Oyedepo,
Imagine this government with their cluelessness appointing a trustee or a manager over the church of Christ.
They want to dictate how the church should be run pic.twitter.com/raaHajFh97
— PRINCE CHINEDU (@princechinedu04) August 17, 2020
If the day ever comes that someone leaves Bishop Oyedepo and President Buhari in the same room alone, Bishop Oyedepo fit deck am.
— Ifedurotimi (@ifedurotimi) August 17, 2020