Adeboye Remains RCCG General Overseer, Worldwide

The Redeemed Christians Church of God (RCCG), has explanned the circumstances surrounding the reported resignation of the General Overseer of the church Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Saturday morning.
The church in a press statement signed by Leke Adeboye, said that Pastor Adeboye remains the General Overseer of Redeemed Christians Church of God, Worldwide.
Leke Adeboye, the clergyman’s last son and Personal Assistant said the clarification is coming on the heels of misrepresentation of Adeboye’s announcement at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving held at the redemption camp Saturday morning that the Church Nigeria is now to be led by Pastor Joseph Obayemi.
The statement clarified that the latest development is sequel to 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 while in retirement, they are not permitted to hand over to their families.
Leke also reiterated that Pastor Funsho Odesola, will now serve as the new Church Secretary while Pastor Joseph Adeyokunu, is the new Church Treasurer.‎
He advised all members of RCCG to understand this new structure and go about their service to God and humanity in holiness and soul winning.
He also appealed to members to educate people around them and not spread inaccurate information stressing that Adeboye remains the General Overseer of RCCG, Worldwide.
Adeboye stepped down as head of the church in Nigeria in line with a proposed Corporate Governance Code in Nigeria.
The code, proposed in May 2015, limits the number of years heads of corporate organisations can stay in office. It is mandatory for the private sector.
The Code of Governance for Not-for-Profit entities is “Comply or Justify non-compliance.”
It is under the Not-for-Profit category that churches like the RCCG come under.
The code was later suspended, reportedly after the Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, opposed its implementation.
While announcing the governance code in October 2016, the Financial Reporting Council, FRC, had said it would take effect from October 17, 2016.
FRC said, “In accordance with Section 50 of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria Act, 2011, which among other things requires the Directorate of Corporate Governance to develop the principles and practices of Corporate Governance applicable in Nigeria, the Council hereby releases the National Code of Corporate Governance effective 17th October 2016.”
It further said, the “Code of Governance for the Public Sector will not be applicable immediately until an executive directive is secured from the Federal Government of Nigeria. This is due to the fact that the enabling laws that set up most government establishments already carry some form of governance structure that will require an umbrella legislation to unify the different provisions of those laws to synchronise with this Code.”

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