The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN in a protest letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila demands for the immediate withdrawal of the proposed Infectious Disease Control Bill.
CAN’s letter by its General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, to Gbajabiamila was dated May 4, 2020.
The letter read, “We urge the House to discontinue discussion on this Bill forthwith in the overall interest of the Nigerian citizens. However, should you insist that there is merit in this unacceptable bill, we insist that this bill should pass through public hearing.”
CAN reminded the legislators that courts on numerous occasions struck out Acts of Parliaments and legislations including Executive Orders of Governments, which do violence to any of the Fundamental Human Rights provided for in the Constitution.
The organisation also queried the intention behind the bill, which seeks to prohibit and control infectious diseases, “to be passed by the House of Representatives into law with jet speed.”