Bishop Oyedepo Says A New Law Is Targeting Churches

August 18, 2020

On Sunday, Bishop David Oyedepo, the President of Living Faith Church Worldwide, while preaching , kicked against the application of a section of the recently passed into law Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (“CAMA”), stating that such a section of the law was due to the jealousy of the government to the growth of churches.

Specifically, the Bishop contends with Section 839 (1) of the Act which declares that the “Commission may by order suspend the trustees of an association and appoint an interim manager or managers the affairs of an association where it reasonably believes that there is or has been any misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of the association”, and for other reasons. Note that churches and religious bodies are included in “an association”.

Essentially, Oyedepo is worried about ‘Trustees’ encroaching into ‘church territory’. But, a media aide to the President, Luaretta Onochie has also replied Oyedepo, stating that he will have to go ahead to “manufacture his own country” if he does not want to obey Nigerian laws.

There are other opinions by Nigerians too, including this one:

But this new development is bouncing off a wave of Nigerian Pastors and their resistance to any form of state regulation. Just recently, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Believers Loveworld Incorporated condemned the lockdown of churches and religious organisations so as to stem the spread of the coronavirus, stating that “We can serve God as he wants us to, not as somebody says we should”.

So, what do you think? Are you in support of this new clause? Are churches in Nigeria getting a free pass or they should be strictly regulated? Try not to “touch the annointed” as you collect your thoughts, plis dear.

Doyin Olagunju

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

Watch

Now on Zikoko

March 8, 2021

What does the perfect horror movie look like? Or, scratch that… What does the perfect Nollywood horror movie look like? Based on the results of your votes in this poll, we’ll “create” the perfect Nigerian horror movie. Vote wisely! Thanks for voting! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We’re cooking something up.

Recommended Quizzes

December 3, 2019

Are you a professional Yoruba demon? Are you walking around in search of whose life you can wreck at any given time? Well, this quiz knows exactly how many hearts you’ve shattered to date, and before you lie that your result is inaccurate, just remember that Zikoko is never wrong. Now, take it and be […]

November 11, 2019

Everyone has something to say about what kind of person they are. But how well do we truthfully evaluate these things? Not that much, I can assure you. The average person is always lying to themselves to make sure they look good. But you know what and who doesn’t lie? Zikoko quizzes that’s what. Take […]

October 30, 2019

2010 was a game-changing one for Nollywood, with our movies making serious cash and getting international acclaim. So, which of these hits released between 2010 and 2019 — from the pace-setting The Wedding Party to the divisive Trip To Jamaica — best suits your personality? Well, that’s what this quiz is here to answer:

More from Citizen

February 19, 2021

This Abroad Life will leave you speechless. Today’s subject woke up one day and had to suddenly move to the USA. She talks about surviving on almost nothing, avoiding an arranged marriage, becoming a citizen and family drama. Let’s start from the beginning. When did you move to the USA? I moved here in 2009 […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X