The presidency has made it clear to the presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church, David Oyedepo that the government will not tolerate his penchant for breaking the laws of the land.
Reacting to Oyedepo’s comments regarding the new Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA(, 2020, which was recently assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, a Presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, insisted that the Bishop must obey the laws instead of trying to circumvent them.
Oyedepo had reacted to the new legal status by cautioning the federal government against meddling in the affairs of churches, saying: “don’t try it when this crude prophet is alive.”
In his sermon yesterday, August 16, Oyedepo expressed concern that the government could someday appoint occultists into those positions to oversee church affairs.
And in a tweet today, August 17, Lauretta Onochie asked Oyedepo to either live by the laws governing the country or he should create his own country.
“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 the lawlessness in this country.”
Provisions in the new regulations for religious institutions in the country include that religious and charity organisations would henceforth be regulated by a supervising minister and the registrar-general of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).