Saturday, January 25, 2020

Why we are against new marriage certificate law – PFN

Must Read

Senate confirms 15 NDDC board nominees, rejects Nunieh

  …confirms appointments of Tosho as Chief Judge, Kanyip as NIC President  …Holds a minute silence in honour of Jummai Tafawa...

BREAKING: Senate confirms Emefiele’s re-appointment a day after screening

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday confirmed the re-appointment of Godwin Emefiele as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria...

INEC presents Buhari, Osinbajo with certificates of return

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented certificate of return to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. The president,...

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has described the newly introduced marriage certificate law by the federal government as exploitative and an attempt to commercialize Christian marriages in the country.

Speaking through it’s National President, Rev. (Dr.) Felix Omobude, the PFN chided the Ministry of Interior for imposing what it called “anti-Christian law” on the church in Nigeria.

The federal government, had, through the Ministry of Interior recently announced a compulsory N30,000 licence charge for Christian worship centres for the conduct of statutory marriages in churches and N21,000 charge for each marriage certificate issued.

Read Also: Amaechi to Wike: ‘Use my Pension money to settle unpaid pensioners’

But Omobude in a statement he personally signed on Sunday in Benin, Edo state, said the new law is targeted at the church.

He added that the PFN would use all legitimate means to make the federal government rescind on the new marriage certificate law.

“This is very unfair and to the best of our understanding, the new law is targeted against the Church because the traditional and Islamic weddings are exempted from paying the new marriage certificate fees.

“PFN is at a loss as to why Church marriages should be in the exclusive list of the nation’s constitution.

“The PFN, therefore calls on the federal government to immediately shelve the unpopular policy targeted against Christian marriages in the country.

“If the Ministry of Interior is in dire need of funds, it should look elsewhere and resist the temptation of placing extra financial burden on the Christians and their churches,” Omobude said.

Leave a Reply

Latest Post

Buhari to EU: Boko Haram crisis may take long, Nigeria capable of handling it

President Muhammadu Buhari said though the Boko Haram crisis in the North East might take a bit longer to...

EFCC vows to be ruthless on corrupt Nigerians

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has sent a threat to fraudsters in Nigeria, stressing that it would be ruthless on corrupt Nigerians....

Fast-track prosecution of power sector corruption cases, SERAP tells AGF, EFCC, ICPC

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN; the Acting Chairman,...

What we agreed with FG on Amotekun – Southwest Governors

Southwest Governors on Thursday said they agreed with the Federal Government on developing a legal framework for its security outfit, Operation Amotekun. Vice President Yemi...

Photo News: Buhari returns to Abuja from UK

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Abuja after his participation at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, United Kingdom. Read Also: Presidency reacts to US...

More Articles Like This