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.”
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Pastor Adeboye Retirement
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.