The Socio – Economic Rights And Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently rescind his assent to CAMA 2020 & send the legislation back to the National Assembly to address its fundamental flaws, including by deleting the repressive provisions of the Act, particularly sections 839, 842, 843, 844 and 850.
In a statement, SERAP also asked President Buhari to instruct the Registrar-General of the CAC, Alhaji Garba Abubakar & AGF Abubakar Malami SAN not to implement or enforce the CAMA 2020 until the legislation is repealed by the National Assembly & brought in line with the constitution & international standards.
The letter sent yesterday, read: “With these provisions, the government now has overly broad & discretionary powers to arbitrarily withdraw or revoke the certificate of any association, suspend and remove trustees & to merge two associations without their consent and approval.
“Rather than taking concrete measures to improve the legal environment and civic space that would ensure respect for human rights and media freedom, your government has consistently pursued initiatives to restrict the enjoyment of citizens’ human rights.
“These restrictions, coupled with repressive broadcasting codes and Nigerian security agencies’ relentless crackdown on peaceful protesters and civil society, demonstrate the government’s intention to suppress and take over independent associations.”