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The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) called on Nigerian lawmakers not to allow the proposed infectious disease control bill become law in the country.

The CAN said the bill should be rejected because it seeks to curtail the people’s freedom, among other inconsistencies with the constitution.

The Association made its position known to the media shortly after presenting its position paper at the Public Hearing organised by the House of Representatives on the matter.

According to the General Secretary of CAN, JB Daramola, the Control of Infectious Disease Control Bill can trigger anarchy, disorder and insecurity in the country.

“It is superfluous but undermines every other authority in the country, the president, state governors and others. The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will be made a “Frankenstein monster” with omonibus powers because he will be empowered to restrict fundamental rights and freedoms at will in abuse of constitutionally established institutions and processes without any form of accountability, “ he said.

He said CAÑ believe that if passed into law, the proposed legislation would violate the supremacy of the 1999 Constitution, adding that after a careful study of the proposed bill, CAN was compelled to make some observations.


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