#iPGN: Clerics oppose proposal for churches to pay taxes

Clerics in the Niger Delta region have called on President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of
the Senate to shun recommendation by the National Conference that churches, mosques and other places of religious worship should pay taxes.

The clerics, who spoke under the aegis of the Committee of Concerned Clergies for Peace in the Niger Delta, explained that such a recommendation would amount to asking God to pay taxes to men.

National Coordinator of the committee, Pastor Richard Ihunwo, said on Saturday in Port Harcourt that delegates who made the recommendation should be aware that their action could affect the unity of the country.

Ihunwo stated that no country in the world would suggest that churches and mosques should pay taxes, advising that places of religious worship should not be seen as business centres.

“We advise the president and the leadership of the Senate to shun the recommendation by delegates at the ongoing National Conference on the imposition of taxes on religious houses, churches or mosques.

“Such act will amount to asking our maker to pay taxes to men. Furthermore, such delegates should know that they are ignorantly presiding over the division of Nigeria,” he said.

On the disagreement between the Rivers State Government and National Judicial Council, Ihunwo urged the state government to back off the current legal war due to the abuse of detainees’ rights to fair hearing.

He explained that many detainees could not be tried as a result of the indefinite strike embarked upon by the state judiciary workers.

Ihunwo warned politicians in the state to remember that Rivers belong to all and not to them
alone, adding that the need to pray for peace and support peacemakers was necessary.

He said, “We diligently advise and warn all political power inter-players within Rivers State to
remember that the state does not belong to them alone neither are they the only inhabitants of the state.”

Posted From iProdigy Group Nigeria(Dabibi Ori-ibim’s Blog).

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