Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER) has called on Pastor Enoch Adeboye to reverse his resignation as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) following the enforcement of the controversial Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) law that limited the tenure of heads of religious bodies to a maximum of 20 years.
The Executive Director of CASER, Mr. Frank Tietie, threatened to seek a court order to compel Adeboye to rescind his decision should the “holy man of God’’ refuse to voluntarily do so.
The statement read: “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.’’
Tiete noted that the clergyman stepped down as the General Overseer of the RCCG in Nigeria last Saturday on the basis of the controversial Corporate Governance Code of the FRCN.
However, 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 last 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 which include David Oyedepo (Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners’ Chapel); William Kumuyi (Deeper Christian Life Ministry) and Mike Okonkwo (The Redeemed Evangelical Mission).
Meanwhile, Tiete 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.