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Adeboye may return as General Overseer of RCCG in Nigeria

12 January 2017, 09:08

Lagos - Pastor Enoch Adeboye may return as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Nigeria if the church’s Governing Council says so.

News 24 recalls that 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, however, suspended by the Federal Government on Monday.

The government subsequently sack of the Executive Secretary/CEO of FRCN, Jim Obazee.

Buoyed by the government decision to  suspend the law, some groups within and outside the church have called on Adeboye to rescind his decision to resign as GO of the church in Nigeria.

One of the groups, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER) according to Punch said it would seek a court order to compel Adeboye to reverse his decision should the “holy man of God’’ refuse to voluntarily do so.

Adeboye's comeback still needs to be approved by the church's governing council, reports Vanguard

According to the constitution of the church, the governing council, which consists of Pastor Adeboye as chairman with 13 other very senior pastors, is the highest organ of the church.

The 13 senior pastors are Pastor J. H. Abiona, Deputy General Overseer; Pastor J. A. O. Akindele, Assistant General Overseer; Pastor D. A. Ilori, Assistant General Overseer and Pastor M.O. Ojo, Assistant General Overseer.

Others include Pastor A. A. Aderibigbe, Assistant General Overseer; Pastor P. O. Ojo, Assistant General Overseer; Pastor D. O. Oluwalogbon, National Elder; Pastor C. O. Osho, National Assistant Elder; Pastor D. G. Kuo, Regional Evangelist; Pastor E. A. Odeyemi, SATGO Central Africa; Pastor E.O. Daramola, SATGO South Africa II; Pastor G. Lawal, SATGO/PIC Region 12 and Pastor J. A Obayemi.

Sources close to the church said the status quo will remain until the governing council decides otherwise, maintaining that no other person in the church can altar the stated changes that had been announced by the General Overseer.

Adeboye has so far shown no interest in taking up his previous position.

- News 24

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