Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye who took many by surprise on the 7th of January at the Redemption Camp when he suddenly announced his retirement as General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) during the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving of the church.
It turned out that he was forced to take the decision due to the Financial Regulations Council rule had stipulates a maximum period of 20 years for the heads of all registered churches, mosques, and civil society organisations in Nigeria to quit. The law forbids them from handing over to any family member.
The FRC was established by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria Act, No. 6, 2011. It is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. The Council is responsible for, among other things, developing and publishing accounting and financial reporting standards to be observed in the preparation of financial statements of public entities in Nigeria; and for related matters.
Governance Code 2016 of the Act encompasses three sectors: the private, the public and not-for-profit. It is the not-for-profit sector, sometimes referred to as the Benevolent Sector, the Third Sector or the Civil Society Sector, that religious bodies fall under.
The code read in part,
“The founder or leader of a NFPO (not-for-profit) occupies a special position in the organisation and is committed to the success and longevity of the NFPO. Accordingly, a founder or leader should not take on too many responsibilities in the organisation or have an indefinite term in the running of the organisation.
“Where, for any reason, a founder or leader of NFPO also occupies any of the three governance positions of chairmanship of the board of trustees, the governing board or council, and the headship of the executive management (or their governance equivalents), the following provisions shall apply before the end of the organisation’s financial year in which this code takes effect.
“The founder or leader shall cease to occupy these three governance positions simultaneously. This is to ensure the separation of powers and avoid possible concentration of powers in one individual.
“The founder or leader may however choose – subject to the agreement of the organisation’s apex authority as expressed in the annual general assembly, annual meeting, annual stakeholder engagement, annual conference, annual synod, annual fellowship assembly or their equivalents – only one of these three governance positions subject to his current tenure. This is to ensure a clear division of responsibilities at the head of the organisation between the running of the governing body and the executive responsibility for the management and fulfilment of the organisation’s mission.
“Where the founder or leader has occupied all or any of these three governance positions for more than twenty years, or is aged seventy years or above, the choice in the section above should only relate to the board of trustees as in section below, except the constitution of the organisation otherwise provides.”
Here is what Pator Adeboye’s Last Son Has to Say….
A terrible confusion arose after Leke Adeboye (Pastor Adeboye’s last son and Personal Assistant) issued a statement claiming that his father remained the General Overseer, Worldwide, of the church, while Pastor Joseph Obayemi will head the Church in Nigeria.
However, RCCG’s new General Secretary in Nigeria, Pastor Funsho Odeshola, later issued a Memo in which he confirmed that Pastor E. A. Adeboye was no longer the General Overseer, as announced by the legendary cleric himself at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving of the church held on the 6th of January at the Redemption Camp.
The Memo RCCG/PERS/IFO/AD/MEMO/07/01/2017 entitled “New Structure in RCCG Nigeria”, confirmed that the church in Nigeria will now be led by Pastor Joseph Obayemi.
The Memo was addressed to All Assistant General Overseers, SATGOS (Home and Abroad), Pastors 1/c of Regions, Pastors 1/c of Provinces/Country Coordinators.
It clarified that Adeboye stepped down in Nigeria to conform with the new legal requirements set up by the Financial Regulations Council, guiding all registered churches, mosques, and CSOs.
The regulation stipulates that heads of non-profit organisations like churches now have a maximum period of twenty years to lead their organisations. They are not permitted to hand over to their families.
The Memo never referred to Pastor E.A. Adeboye as the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide
As claimed by Leke Adeboye but said: “Kindly be informed that this new structure is particular to Nigeria alone, as Pastor E.A. Adeboye, Daddy GO, remains the Spiritual Leader and Global Missioner of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.”
The Memo confirmed that Pastor Funsho Odesola will now serve as the new General Secretary of RCCG Nigeria while Pastor Joseph Adeyokunu, is the new Treasurer.
Pastor E.A. Adeboye, whom many people mistake as the founder of RCCG, was actually its second General Overseer. He assumed the position in 1981 and worked hard over the following decades to make RCCG the fastest growing church in the world with a presence in about 192 nations of the world.
There’s Nothing Like RCCG General Overseer Worldwide….
Eminent lawyer and activist, Ebun-olu Adegboruwa, a Pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has faulted those claiming that long-reigning General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, who announced his retirement yesterday, remains in control as General Overseer, RCCG Worldwide. Adegboruwa declared in a statement issued late yesterday in Lagos that such a position does not exist in the church. His words:
“I have seen a post by which it is said that Pastor Adeboye has not retired but he is now to be addressed as General Overseer, RCCG WORLDWIDE.
“I have now checked the Constitution of the RCCG and also spoken to senior members of the Mission on this issue. What pastor Adeboye told us himself was to introduce to us A NEW GENERAL OVERSEER. So I cannot see an overseer under another overseer.
“In times past, Pastor Adeboye himself had told us that there is nothing like RCCG WORLDWIDE.
“RCCG churches in other nations are registered under the laws of each of those nations and there’s no such legal entity as RCCG Worldwide. You cannot create an inexistent position for Daddy GO to embarrass him. If God told him to appoint a new General Overseer, so be it. There is no need for controversy in this matter.
“The other issue in this is the wrong impression being created that but for the law and regulations of the Financial Reporting Council, Daddy GO would not have stepped down. This is not so at all, given that Pastor Adeboye himself had said in times past that he would soon hand over the reins of power.
“I’m glad that an official statement has now been issued by the Church that Pastor Adeboye is now the Spiritual Leader and Global Missioner.
“We love our Daddy and still look forward to his leadership roles for the church.”
However there seems to be a a solution at sight…
The was a great delight with the announcement of the removal of Mr. Jim Obazee, Executive Secretary, Financial Reporting Council (FRC) on 9th of January by President Muhammadu Buhari.
FRC is the body whose law led to the retirement of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye as General Overseer of Nigerian arm of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
CAN General Secretary, Rev. Musa Asake while reacting to this development said the sack of Obazee by President Muhammadu Buhari was divine.
He added that God used authorities to punish the official for daring to interfere in the work of the church.
Asake while speaking with newsmen said, “The sack of Jim (Obazee) is good riddance to bad rubbish. Anybody that wants to fight the church will find himself where he does not want”.
“Jim got to the position by the grace of God but set out to probe and destroy the church of God. I spoke with him several times on this issue but he wouldn’t listen.
“He was going to take the church to what is worse than Armageddon. Thank God the authorities have stepped in to right the wrong.
“He should have been fired a long time ago and we don’t know why he was left alone, but God’s time is always the best.
“That code should be thrown out completely because the government should not interfere with the church.
“The church is a no-go zone for the government. Doing that has serious implications. If they attempt it, it will lead to confusion in the nation”, he added.
Meanwhile, Obazee who was a former pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, had said only 89 of the 23,216 registered churches in the country had complied with FRC provisions.
Also, the leadership of CAN is set to hold an emergency meeting on the FRC code and other related matters.
Rev. Samson Ayokunle, CAN President said the organisation’s lawyers would review the issues and make their position known to the public.