By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Amidst ragging controversy over the recently announced CAMA law, there are strong indications that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) may soon drag the Federal government to court over the new law
Oyo state Chairman of the association, Apostle Sola Akinsemiju gave an indication to this at the first official state meeting of the association with the head of churches in the state to delibrate on some important issues to fooster unity and progress among churches .
The CAN Chairman stressed at the meeting held at CAN Secretariat, Ijokodo, Ibadan, that “CAN headquarters has already engaged the services of Five Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) and they are working seriously on it”
According to the CAN Chairman with the development, CAN headquarters has advised that discussion on CAMA law “should be suspended since the national body is already on top of the situation.”
“A letter has been brought from National office of CAN and the National President, Dr. Supo Ayokunle has talked to us on the next step to take concerning CAMA law. He said for now, we should refrain from public announcement on CAMA law. CAN headquarters has already engaged the services of Five Senior Advocates of Nigeria and they are working seriously on it”, he said.
The CAN Chairman stressed “however, there is a WhatsApp platform where matters of this nature are been discussed and so, I’ll implore our fathers who hasn’t been added to please drop their numbers so as to be added to the group so as to share ideas”.
On the purpose of the meeting, Apostle Akinyemiju stressed that it was organised to further entrench the much needed peace and unity among the Christians and the Church as a body ” to wreck the power of the dark world” through the global evangelistic activities, but this could only be possible by engaging in apostolic accord that will foster our Purpose, Vision and Mission on earth as anchored on us by our father who art in heaven to reveal the varieties of His beauties to all on the earth.
He maintained that “this shows that by division before God, we cannot achieve His Purpose, Vision and Mission for us as His adopted children according to Ephesians 1:5, adding, “having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” but with apostolic accord we shall fulfill His mandate unto us,” .
Apostle Akinyemiju noted that “the present executives of CAN in Oyo state considered it imperative to invite you, our fathers to this spiritual apostolic meeting, which I am very confident will produce the very purpose of being called. Our fathers, as church leaders in Oyo State, let us come together, in the following areas and make CAN a respected umbrella, with a voice of unity in Oyo State.”
Presenting projects proposed by CAN to fooster unity among churches such as regular seminar or conferences by CAN in Oyo State in its different five zones, In-house crusade in its big cathedrals. External crusade in our different sports centres in the state. CAN yearly Christmas Carol at our Secretariat or a suitable venue, Apostle Akinyemiju gave others to include “bore-Hole for the Secretariat. Furnishing our guest house to standard. Fortifying our fence accordingly. Establishment of a twelve man Council named; CAN OYO STATE APOSTOLIC COUNCIL.”
He added, “however, every above mentioned concept is subject to discussion and ratification today during this meeting. I pray that Oyo State CAN shall be a powerful voice of unity for every Christians,” .
Reacting to the CAN Chairman’s response on CAMA, Archbishop of Catholic Diocese of Oyo state, Archbishop Badejo said, he is impressed that CAN has put together a team of lawyers at the national level to address the issue of CAMA”.
“I, personally have spoken about CAMA on radio because it’s necessary to raise the flag that something was wrong. However, we know that democracy doesn’t work in a logical manner, we cannot apply too much logic which means even if we aren’t going to be speaking as CAN, we must encourage our enlightened people, social commentators, our journalist and others to keep the matter on public view because atimes our leaders do not merit the trust we put in them.
“In other words, even if we don’t speak as a body, we must encourage those who are competent (lawyers) who understand the law to keep talking (commenting) about it,”.. ENDS