Prelate/Moderator, General Assembly of Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Prof. Emele Uka has described a recommendation by the delegates of the National Conference to tax churches as baseless, arguing that churches are not profit making ventures reports IKE UCHE-CHUKWU.
Speaking after the 10th anniversary/dedication of Eibe Edibe Parish building, Calabar, Prof. Uka said, as individuals and responsible citizens, members pay income tax and wondered why anyone will even think of taxing churches.
The cleric also decried the continued abduction of the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls by the Boko Haram Islamic sect, calling on the Federal Government to immediately concede to the demand of the sect by swapping the girls for their detained members.
“America, Israel, Afghanistan have swapped prisoners. There is no crime in swapping the girls and there is no price too expensive for Nigeria to pay to ensure their release,” he stated.
Earlier in his sermon, the moderator said some men of God have turned the church into a chamber of commerce with their activities and this is the reason great things no longer happen in the Church.
“They should be careful how they manipulate events in God’s sanctuary because anyone using the church for something contrary, has a question to answer from God as no sinner will go unpunished,” he added.
He called on Christians to be more fervent in their service and commitment to God despite current happenings in the country.