FG marriage law: PFN takes stand

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Sunday, faulted the federal government newly introduced marriage certificate law.
The Christian body declared, “it is anti-christians”.
This was just as the group vowed to use all legitimate means to make the federal government rescind on the new marriage certificate law.

The Christian block described the policy as exploitative and an attempt to commercialisze Christian marriages in the country.
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.

National President of the fellowship, Rev.(Dr.) Felix Omobude, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Benin City, Edo state capital, expressed reservation on the policy.

Omobude said, “This is very unfair and to the best of our understanding, the new law is targeted at 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.
“We therefore called 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 Christians and churches.”

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