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President Muhammadu Buhari

The Nigerian Christian Association (CAN) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to issue directives to suspend the implementation of the Business and Allied Affairs Act (CAMA) 2020.

The Rev. Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, made the call at a press conference Tuesday in Abuja.

Let us remember that the National Assembly approved the CAMA bill earlier this year and the president signed it into law on August 7.

Ayokunle said comments in the public domain were beginning to indicate that the law was capable of further undermining stakeholder faith in the Nigerian state.

The CAN president, represented by Rev. William Okoye, General Supervisor, All Christians Fellowship Mission (ACFM), said that the association had not had the authentic version of the Law.

“We consider that the Law is a complex compendium of the art of government, loaded with issues contrary to the peace, stability and general welfare of the country.

”Based on the reactions of the interested parties and a representative sample of people, it is evident that the Law did not receive input from various interest groups or did not accommodate their points of view.

”It is necessary that the interested parties seek judicial intervention or amendment of the law.

“We must allay the fears of stakeholders and encourage them to exercise their democratic rights, hoping that when citizens approach state institutions, they will rise to the challenge,” he said.

“The CAN president urged Buhari to issue the appropriate directives to suspend the implementation of the Law based on the opinions of the interested parties and to affirm a complete re-evaluation of the legislation.

“The directive must be in correlation with the provisions of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended), other existing legal and political frameworks, the national economy, national security, the national interest and the welfare of the people.” (NAN)

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