By Adejuwon Osunnuyi
Facts have emerged on why Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye on Saturday announced his retirement as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG in Nigeria.
The 75-year-old revered cleric had announced his retirement from the leadership of the Nigerian church on Saturday during the Annual Minister’s Thanksgiving at Shimawa area of Ogun State.
In a statement released by RCCG Pastors Seed Family signed by Pastor Leke Adeboye, the Cleric last son and Personal Assistant and made available to The DailyBells Nigeria, the announcement of the new General Overseer for RCCG in Nigeria ‘is sequel to the new legal requirements set up by the Financial Regulations Council, guiding all registered churches, mosques, CSOs.’
The statement clarified that heads of non profit organisations like churches now have a maximum period of twenty years to lead their organizations. In retirement, they are not permitted to hand over to their families.
Pastor Adeboye has led the church since 1981 after he was ordained by the church founder, Late Reverend Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, who founded the church in 1952.
Meanwhile, The DailyBells Nigeria gathered that Pastor Adeboye remains the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide as he still maintains oversight of the church across the world, which now has presence in over 190 countries.
Making clarification on the new development, the RCCG Pastors Seed Family stated; RCCG Nigeria is now to be headed by Pastor Joseph Obayemi, as Pastor Funsho Odesola will serve as the new Church Secretary while Pastor Joseph Adeyokunu, is the new Church Treasurer.
“We would like to inform all members of RCCG to understand this new structure and go about their service to God and humanity in holiness and soul winning. Let us also educate people around us and not spread inaccurate information,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, going by the government’s new policy, Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi, Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya, Prophet Temitope Joshua among others are also expected to announce and hand over to their successors any time from now as they have all spent more than 20 years as heads of their churches.
While Pastor Kumuyi, founder and General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church has spent about 44 years as head of his church, Dr. Olukoya of The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) has spent about 28 years as founder and leader of the church.
For Prophet TB Joshua, he has spent about 30 years as the leader of his ministry organization ‘The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN)’ since 1987 when he visited a ‘prayer mountain’ to seek the face of God.
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