The Christian Reformed Church-Nigeria (CRC-N), has said that it is against the Federal government’s decision for every institution to acquire and pay the sum of #51,000 as fee before conducting any marriage
This was contained in a Communique issued at the end of the 18th General Church Council (SYNOD) meeting of the CRC-N, held in Takum local government area of the state.
Those in attendance were the President of the Church, who triples as TEKAN President and CAN National Vice President, the Rev. Dr Caleb O.S Ahima, the Vice President Rev. Dr Isaiah Magaji Jirapye, the General Secretary, Rev. Sagarga Nuvalga Gargea, the Assistant General Secretary, Rev. Timothy Elkanah, Human Resource Manager (DPM),
Others are Rev. Bulus Danjuma Oded, members of the Board of Trustees, RCC and LCC Chairmen, Provost, Principals and Directors of institutions, programmes and Boards, Women’s Fellowship Leaders and voting and non-voting Delegates from the 19 RCCs of the Church spread across Nigeria.
After extensive deliberation on crucial matters affecting the church and sensitive issues affecting the nation at large, the General Church Council resolved as follows:
That the Council rejects in totality, the new Federal Marriage Fees of the Federal Government, where every institution conducting marriage is expected to acquire and pay the sum of ₦51,000 to the government.
Council said, the aim of this decision is to further strangulate Christianity and it portends danger to the church because it is Christians that wed during worship xexure services.,
This law is discriminatory against Nigerians who are Christians and should be rejected. After all, in the whole world hardly do we find where anyone is asked to pay government for marriage
On the commencement of the second phase of the operation, Ayam AKpatuma II in the southern part of Taraba state, saying Council has appreciated the deployment of military personnel to the area and enjoins the Federal Government to ensure that the soldiers work based on their rules of engagement and not to maltreat innocent people found with ordinary cutlasses they used for domestic purposes.
It then commends both Federal and State Governments for their commitment towards kick starting the operation.
Synod also condemns the new bill from the Nigerian President which proposes that all water resources should be controlled by the Federal Government and commercial activities in the rivers shall attract payment or require permission from the government.
The Council also observed that such law will only increase the hardship of the ordinary Nigerians who depend on water resources for survival, addimg that the waters are God given natural resources which the people enjoy and calls for the withdrawal of such bill.
He explained that on Like many voices that have shown opposition to the Government’s stance on hate speech and death sentence, CRC-N says “no”, and called for total rejection of the Federal Government’s call for death sentence in case of hate speech.
The leadership of our nation must never lose sight of the fact that, in the context of the Nigerian democracy, calls for revolution, and blood-letting which led to the death of innocent Nigerians, was made by the man that is Nigeria’s President today. Snuffing life out of Nigerians on account of hate speech is obnoxious and highly suspicious.
The General Church Council in session directed the Management of CRC-N Education Board to come up with strategies to strengthen and sanitize CRC-N Schools to enhance the quality of their products.
In view of this, the church resolved to employ competent teachers as well as provide basic materials, equipment and facilities to ensure the realization of the set objective.
Synod in session also ratified the appointments of five (5) Advisers, who were recently appointed, following the expiration of the tenure of the previous Advisers. They are:
Barrister Sam Adda, Legal Adviser
Elder Keyegba Sambo, Adviser on Administration Hon. Eka Ali Emmanuel Yakubu, Adviser on Political Matters
Mr. Hosea Danjuma, Security Adviser
Elder Ibrahim Aten, Adviser on Finance.
Synod also ratified the appointment of the Rev. Bulus Danjuma Oded as substantive Human Resource Manager (DPM) of the church. This followed the completion of his probation period in which he served the church faithfully.