Nigeria Passes Law That Puts Tighter Regulations On Churches And Mosques

woman praying in church
woman praying in church

For centuries now, there has been a string argument for the separation between church and state.

It is the reason why we have some countries identifying us circular countries.

However, in a country like Nigeria and most African countries, though they may proclaim to be a circular state, religion plays a huge role.

In Nigeria, Christianity and Islamic religions are very dominant and influencial in the socio-political life of its citizens.

But the state is trying to exert a little bit of control on it.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Companies and Allied Matters Bill that also brings religious bodies into the fold under regulatory authorities.

The law gives a government representative the power to dissolve and appoint the board of trustees of the religious bodies.

Basically, the government has the power to determine who sits on the board of directors equivalent of these religious bodies.

And as you guessed, the religious bodies are kicking back.

Bishop David Oyedepo of Faith Tabernacle spoke against the law and said the church worked “on the pattern of God and not the pattern of man.”

But his protest has not yielded any results.


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