PFN rejects N51,000 levies for church marriage, license

PFN rejects N51,000 levies for church marriage, license


The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has rejected the N30, 000 statutory levy for each marriage in church in addition to N21,000 for marriage Certificate recently introduced by the federal government.

National President of the Fellowship, Rev.(Dr.) Felix Omobude, said yesterday in a press statement which he personally signed in Benin City, berated the Ministry of Interior for imposing such anti-Christian law on the church in Nigeria.

It described the policy as exploitative and an attempt to commercialize Christian marriages in the Country.

Rev. Omobude further stated that the PFN would use all legitimate means to make the Federal Government to rescind on the new marriage certificate law.

“This is very unfair and to the best of our understanding, the new law is targeted against 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.

“The PFN, therefore call 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 the Christians and their churches”, he said.

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