Pastor Adeboye To Return As General Overseer Of Rccg Nigeria
Earlier on Saturday, 7th January, 2017, Pastor Enoch Adeboye named Pastor Joseph O. Obayemi, as the new General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
A source within the RCCG confirmed the rumours of Pastor Adeboye’s retirement saying; “It is true [that Obayemi has been named]. But Pastor Adeboye has not retired. He will still be in charge of the Holy Ghost service and other major church services, but Pastor Obayemi will lead the RCCG in Nigeria,”
FG suspends the law that caused exit of Pastor Adeboye as RCCG National Leader
On Jan 10, 2017, the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechuckwu Enelamah, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday.
Mr. Obazee’s sack followed exit of Enoch Adeboye as the Nigerian overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God in compliance with the suspended FRC governance code for not-for-profit organisations, including civil society and religious organisations.
Mr. Adeboye, arguably Nigeria’s most influential Christian cleric, had on Saturday complained about the government’s interest in Church activities.
The governance code sought to provide financial reporting, transparency and accountability standards for not-for-profit organizations.
Among others, it provided that founders or leaders of not-for-profit organizations would not head governance of their organisations for more than 20 years, and could not also pass baton to their family members.
While the code received positive reactions by people who consider it necessary to ensure accountability, it also suffered knocks by those expressing concerns it was targeting faith organisations, especially the Church.
In his statement, the minister said the code stood suspended pending its review and consultation with stakeholders.
Pastor Adeboye to return as General Overseer of RCCG Nigeria
The Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER) has called on Pastor Enoch Adeboye to rescind his resignation as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
The call came in a statement issued by the Executive Director of the Abuja-based human rights group, Mr Frank Tietie, on Tuesday.
Tietie said CASER would seek a court order to compel Adeboye to reverse his decision should the “holy man of God’’ refuse to voluntarily do so.
Adeboye stepped down as the General Overseer of the RCCG in Nigeria on Saturday on the basis of the controversial Corporate Governance Code of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN).
The code, which stipulates a 20-year maximum tenure for heads of religious groups and civil rights organisations, among other provisions, was suspended by the Federal Government on Monday.
But for the suspension, the regulation could have also seen the exit of other affected men of God from the headship of their churches.
They include Bishop David Oyedepo (Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners’ Chapel); Pastor William Kumuyi (Deeper Christian Life Ministry) and Bishop Mike Okonkwo (The Redeemed Evangelical Mission).
“CASER urges the highly revered Pastor Adeboye to change his mind and rescind his resignation as the General Overseer of RCCG.
“Where, therefore, the holy man of God refuses to review his decision to resign, CASER shall seek an order of court to compel him to remain as the general overseer.’’
He said the group was acting, not only in the interest of members of the RCCG who respect Adeboye, but also in the interest the Church generally.