Pastor Enoch Adeboye on Saturday relinquished his position as the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, an office he held for 36 years.
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The Church in Nigeria is now to be led by Pastor Joseph Obayemi while Pastor Adeboye remains the General Overseer, Worldwide of the church.
The seemingly sit-tight approach of the former university lecturer turned pastor who was appointed the G.O of RCCG in 1981 after the demise of Ondo-born founder of the church, Reverend Josiah Akindayomi caused massive level of distrust in the church.
“Anybody who wants to go in anger in future, is hereby advised to leave now because you may not like the one who would succeed me and if you wait till then to leave, it may adversely affect your destiny then,” Adeboye said last year at the double- occasion of his 74th birthday celebration and the 30th anniversary of the special Holy Ghost service.
At that occasion, Adeboye’s Special Assistant on Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Adesola, lambasted those agitating for his boss’ retirement.
According to Pastor Adesola, “Those calling for the retirement of the General Overseer were ignorant of the church’s constitution, nowhere in the legal document that says he should resign or retire.
“Whereas the constitution provided that the deputy and assistant general overseers are appointed to retire at 70 and enjoy their retirement benefits for life, there is no such provision for the general overseer.
“People have papers but they don’t read them. We have a compendium about the day to day running of the church but people just don’t read. The people who are agitating for the G.O.’s retirement because he is over 70 years are ignorant and the Bible says you don’t become foolish.”
But the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) of Nigeria, Code of Corporate Governance, forced Pastor Adeboye into ‘retirement’.
The “Not-for-Profit Code 2015” which took effect from October 17, 2016, and seeks to promote the highest standards of corporate governance stipulates that Founders/Leaders of Not for Profit Organisations should resign after spending “more than 20 years (in office) or is age 70 years and above”.
The law is being met with opposition from founders of Pentecostal churches. Last year they instituted a suit against the FRC.
Expected to join Pastor Adeboye in retirement are the Presiding Bishop of the
Living Faith World Outreach, David Oyedepo; Bishop Mike Okonkwo of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of the Word of Life Bible Church, Warri; Pastor W. F. Kumuyi of Deeper Life Bible Church and Pastor D.K. Olukoya of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries among others.