Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Kicks Against This New FG Policy For Church Marriages
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has alleged that churches are being targeted by the Federal Government following the new marriage certificate law introduced by the Ministry of Interior.
PFN’s National President of the fellowship, Rev.(Dr.) Felix Omobude has kicked against the newly introduced marriage certificate law by the Federal Government and chided the Ministry of Interior for imposing such anti-Christian law. Omobude, who disclosed this on Monday in Benin in a statement, described the policy as exploitative and an attempt to commercialize Christian marriages in the country.
Recall that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Interior recently announced a compulsory N30,000 charge licence for Christian worship centres for the conduct of statutory marriages in churches and N21,000 for each marriage certificate.
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Omobude called on the Federal Government to shelve the unpopular policy which he said is exploitative and targeted against Christian marriages in the country. He added that they will use every legal means to stop 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.”