By Juliet Oyoyo
With the increasing cases of divorce, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State Chapter has trained pastors and church leaders on the need to contract marriages in line with the laws of the land.
In collaboration with Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON), CAN believes that training of Church leaders is necessary in order to tame the tide of rising cases of divorce and land dispute in the Christendom.
Rev. John Joseph Hayab, the CAN chairman in the state, said, the significance of the training was to help clergymen and church leaders to know the provisions of the law regarding landed properties and marriage under the Act.
Hayab said, “So many of us acquire lands to build churches, only to find ourselves being challenged in court. So, we felt, instead of the noise about those things, we need to guide the church to properly follow the law.
According to him, “When people have proper documentation of their properties, they know what the law says about their land, it would reduce some of the problems we are facing.”
Hayab noted that “Many of our marriages today are been challenged in court because either the Pastor or those who are in charge are not licensed to officiate that marriage or it was officiated in a church or a centre where it is not licensed to conduct marriages. So, we want things to be done according to law.
The Chairman of the Christian Lawyers, Kaduna State, Barr. Seth Nickson said the association collaborated with CAN to educate them about “the laws of the land and not to fall in the wrong arm of the law.”
Seth said, “Practically, what we did today is just an enlightenment campaign to let the church leaders know some of the things that they are doing right and some things that they are doing wrongly, that they should take corrections.