By Freedom Wealth
A petition to get the Nigerian Parliament not to pass the NGO Regulation Bill is gaining momentum in Nigeria.
The bill with No 1605585 sponsored by Hon. Buba Jubril, which sought to regulate non government organisations and civil society organisations, has passed the second reading in the House.
From www.citizengo.org, according to the petitioners, “This Bill seeks to constitute a new Government body with full powers to control Community Based Organisations, Civil Societies and NGOs; by implication this bill will give this body unlimited power to exert undue influence on churches”.
They pointed out that organisations who do not meet up with whatever future policies they constitute will not be ‘revalidated’ (revalidation is proposed to hold every 2years).
The petitioners insist that, “This bill is a morphed version of an effort earlier in January to negate church operations by mandating church leaders above a particular tenure to ‘resign’.
We seek to stop this Bill because it will affect the operations of churches and the freedom to worship as guaranteed in the constitution of the country.”
Below is a copy of the petition:
Petition to: The Speaker of the House of Representatives – Federal Republic of Nigeria
Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives
Copy: Senate President
The Senate House, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Greetings to you Mr Speaker
We are constrained to write because of a bill that has passed the 2nd reading in the house. The bill with No 1605585 sponsored by Hon. Buba Jubril sought to regulate non government organisations and civil society organisations. It is pertinent to note that Churches are registered as Non government organisations in Nigeria as such the bill is a direct attack on churches.
The bill is anti church as it will affect the operations of churches and the freedom to worship as guaranteed in the constitution of the country.
The bill itself is a rehash of the suspended financial reporting council code against churches .
We demand that this Bill be not passed into Law!