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Pastor Adeboye Prayers’ Account Comment Using Dehumanising IPOB, Army Picture Causes Uproar

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By Ike A. Offor
The reportedly Pastor Adeboye Prayers’ social media account comment about heaven and punishment of sinners using the dehumanising picture of IPOB members being brutalised and dehumanised by soldiers during the onset of the controversial Operation Python Dance II in Abia state, has caused uproar.

In the comment sent out by the Prayers’ account of the General Overseer of RCCG, it said, using the IPOB picture that caused international uproar and condemnation, ‘this is how soldiers of heaven will arrest and punish all your enemies in Jesus Name’. It then requested social media users or commenters to type amen to the prayer.

This has created such condemnation and some has called it several terrible names and it is yet to be refuted by the general overseer of RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

Some commenters have disapproved this account as his own but some fake account created by mischievous element.

While this has not been officially refuted and condemned, many folks on social media have called such act very cold and nauseating.

Also, it could be recalled that during this controversial operation python dance II, the GO of RCCG as well as many other General Overseers except those from South East never condemned the actions or deaths caused by the activities of the Nigerian soldiers in Abia.

At the time of this report, no official statement has been put forward by RCCG to condemn or refute or accept the ownership of the social media account, which wrote this.

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I don’t Want To Live Up To 120 Years, Says Pastor Adeboye |The Republican News

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From John Adams, Minna

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG),  Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye shocked a large congregation in Minna, capital of Niger State, yesterday, with a declaration that he does not want to live up to 120 years on earth.

Adeboye also said he did not think he would preside over the 80th birthday service of the celebrant, Pastor Yerima El-Samaila of the Faith Foundation Church who turned 70 and for whom the event was organised.

“It is not how long you live but how well you spend your life.

“I don’t want to be 120 years old. Longevity is good but, there is a limit,” the cleric declared when he delivered a message at the birthday service held at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre in Minna.

“People don’t want to die because they don’t know where they are going.

“I know where I am going, I have seen heaven, I have seen my house in heaven; I know what is waiting for me there. Heaven is beautiful and I cannot wait to go. I want to finish what I have to do here and finish it well. Any of us can go at any moment; we have to get ready for home.” 

He challenged Christians to be committed to God more than ever before and added that many Christians are getting distracted from God.

Adeboye said Christians should not forget the most important reason they are here, which is to show God’s glory.

Advising clerics to “stop playing church and be committed to the Almighty God.” He charged Christians not to forget the most important reason they are on this planet and do their utmost best “so that when you are leaving, you can say you have fulfilled your purpose”

Adeboye thanked God for the life of the celebrant, his family and his ministry, and also said they are all committed to the service of God.

“It takes a man like you (El-Samalia) to bring me to Minna, at a time like this, and I rejoice that I could come.”

Pastor  Adeboye and his wife, Foluke, later joined Pastor El-Samaila in the cutting of the 70th birthday cake which he (Adeboye) presented to El-Samaila.

Niger State governor,  represented by his Commissioner for Information, Mr Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, former Information minister, Prof. Jerry Gana, and clergymen from different denominations attended the ceremony.   (The Sun)

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FRC Has No Power To Fix Adeboye, Others Tenure-Reps | The Republican New

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Speaker of the House Of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara

John Ameh, Abuja

The House of Representatives has ordered a “detailed” public hearing on the activities of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, particularly the Council’s decision to fix the tenure of the leadership of religious organisations.

The House passed the resolution on Wednesday in Abuja at a session which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.

It came after members debated and endorsed a motion moved by the Minority Leader of the House, Mr. Leo Ogor.

Lawmakers also clarified that no agency of the Federal Government was empowered by any law passed by the National Assembly to determine how many years a religious leader should serve in office.

They noted that the FRC Act 2011 did not make provision for the tenure of office of religious bodies or non-profit organisations.

While leading the debate, Ogor said he was amazed where the FRC got its powers.

He added that while the agency might have delegated legislative powers, being a product of the National Assembly, any legislation or code it formulated should have been mandatorily approved by the same National Assembly before it could be applied.

In the extant case of the controversial Good Governance Code formulated by the FRC for non-profit organisations, the lawmaker stated that the National Assembly had no knowledge of it.

The motion stated, “The House is concerned that the Governance Code, formulated by the Council, as it relates to heads of non-profit making organisations, is a clear usurpation of the powers of the National Assembly as stipulated in Section 4 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

“Also concerned that the National Assembly has not, in any way, approved the corporate governance code as it did with the Building Code.

“The House is convinced that codes of corporate governance must be in conformity with international best practices.

“Worried that an overzealous chief executive officer of a regulatory body can misinterpret  or misapply the provisions of the code as can be clearly seen in the case of the FRC.”

In performing its duties, Ogor pointed out that the FRC was to restrict itself to accountability, transparency and probity in pursuing corporate governance principles in public and private organisations.

“No law, enacted by the National Assembly, empowers any agency to set the tenure of office for heads of non-profit organisations,” he added.

The Chairman, House Committee on Ethics/Privileges, Mr. Nicholas Ossai, took the same position as Ogor.

He told the House that though the FRC was empowered to function, the issue of fixing how long a religious leader should be in office was off its bounds.

Ossai added, “This is because we are talking about the things of God here.

“The tenure of religious leaders is determined by God, not man.

“Besides, delegated legislation like the FRC code should have been forwarded to the National Assembly for approval.

“The code in question was never forwarded to the National Assembly.”

Two other members, Mr. Istifanus Gyang, and Mr. Sunday Karimi, berated the former leadership of the FRC for its actions in implementing the code.

On his part, a former Deputy Minority Whip, Mr. Garba Mohammed-Dhatti, called for rigorous monitoring of the activities of agencies to prevent them from abusing their delegated powers.

“Overzealous heads of agencies can abuse delegated powers.

“They have to be properly monitored to save us from embarrassment,” he stated.

The controversial FRC code, among others, sets a 20-year tenure for heads of religious groups and civil rights organisations.

Such leaders are required to hand over the affairs of the organisations they head to successors in line with the corporate governance principles.

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had resigned as the head of the church in Nigeria on Saturday, reportedly in compliance with the code.

He named Pastor Joseph Obayemi as the overseer of the church in Nigeria and took on the new title of General Overseer, RCCG, Worldwide.

The development was greeted with interpretations, including insinuations that the Federal Government was attempting to meddle in the affairs of religious bodies, using the FRC.

President Muhammadu Buhari reacted on Monday by sacking the Executive Secretary of the FRC, Mr. Jim Obazee.

The President had, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, approved the sacking and the replacement of Obazee.

The statement also constituted a board for the Council with Mr. Adedotun Sulaiman as chairman and Mr. Daniel Asapokhai as Obazee’s replacement.

The former FRC leadership was said to have disregarded an October 17, 2016 directive by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, asking for the suspension of the code.  (Punchng.com)

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CAN To Make Its Stand Known Irrespective Of The Suspension Of New Corporate Governance Code

…We’ll make our stand known soon –CAN

By Adetutu Folasade-Koyi

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), yesterday, night, brushed aside the Federal  Government’s suspension of the new corporate governance code of the Federal Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) for Not-For-Profit-Organisations (NFPO).
In Part B of the NFPO’s code, published on the FRCN website, financialreportingcouncil.gov.ng, the federal agency listed them to include homeless shelters, hospitals, clinics, rights groups, para-military (scout, brigade, etc), philanthropic organisations, schools, temples, church, mosques, synagogue, seninary/Bible college,  any other religious body, mission or society, among money others.
General overseers, founders and leaders of religious organisations, including churches and mosques, who  have been in the saddle up to 20 years or more, or who have attained of 70 years of age are affected by the now suspended FRC code.
Perhaps, in fulfilment of the law, Pastor Enoch Adeboye stepped down last week as general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Nigeria.
In his stead, he appointed Pastor Joseph Olayemi as the church’s national overseer in Nigeria.
Regardless,  CAN President, Mr. Supo Ayokunle, who spoke through his spokesperson, Mr Bayo Oladeji, yesterday, said the association will study the new law and react appropriately.

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“The  Holy Bible says; ‘touch not my annointed and do my prophet no harm.’
“We are aware that FRCN’s exeucitve secretary, Jim Obazee has been sacked and that, the new corporate governance code has been suspended.
“At the right time, we will talk; we will make our position known, soon. This government should respect the church because the church has not been against government but the government has been against the church.”
Ayokunle, a reverend, took over CAN leadership from Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. The election was conducted at the National Ecumenical Center, Abuja in June 2016.
Oladeji also added that CAN leadership would likely meet on the matter next week since Ayokunle is presently out of the country.
Regardless, Bishop Samuel1 Olumakinde Alawode, presiding bishop of Maranatha Lord Cometh Ministries International, with headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State, insisted government cannot regulate succession in churches.
“CAN has its succession procedure enshrined in its constitution and some of these churches have existed for centuries, before the birth of Nigeria in 1914! These churches have procedures for running their organisations.
“The excesses of some churches and general overseers should not be encouraged but, not to the point where government would now decide succession plans of each denomination. It will simply cause crisis…”

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Retired Bishop of Akure Diocese of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi also said it was wrong for government to attempt to regulate how churches are  administrated in Nigeria, just as the President of Mount Zion Faith Ministries International , Evangelist Mike Bamiloye said there is no cause for alarm.
Gbonigi told Daily Sun, yesterday, that he was not aware of the law as he only heard of it on radio last Sunday, after the  appointment of a National Overseer by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
The RCCG national overseer will administer the church in Nigeria.
Gbonigi, who retired as bishop of Akure Diocese, after serving for over 43 years, said he retired in accordance with Anglican regulation that a bishop should retired after the age of 70.
“It is not right for government to be involved in how a religious organisation is administered. Religion is personal and the fundamental right of every individual. Government cannot dictate how they must be administered.
Also speaking, Bamiloye said he won’t comment until he fully understands the new governance code “because I don’t how church, mosques, charity organisation and orphanage homes will be grouped together.
On its website, financialreportingcouncil.gov.ng, FRCN explained why the new governance code became necessary in a its 29-page rules set for Not-For-Profit-Organisations (NFPO).
“Many NFPOs operate with unknown frameworks, with governments completely in the dark as to both their ownership and principal accountability. In the context of current global insurgency, the operations and funding of NFPOs raise serious security concerns, hence the need for good governance of NFPOs in the country.
Although the new code was suspended in May 2015, it came into effect on October 17, 2016. (The Sun)

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FG Suspends Constroversial Corporate Governance Law |The Republican News

 

•Why Buhari sacked Obazee, dissolved FRC board

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Federal Government has suspended the law which forced Pastor Enoch Adeboye to step down as the Nigeria General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
The Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN), under Jim Obazee, had directed Not-For-Profit Organisations (NFPOs)— including churches and mosques — to comply with a corporate governance code stipulating a term of 20 years for heads of such entities.
It was by this provision that Adeboye, who had spent over 20 years as GO of RCCG, named Pastor Joshua Obayemi to head the Nigerian church as national overseer while he remained the worldwide general overseer of the church.
Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari fired Obazee and approved the reconstitution of the board.
Also, in a statement yesterday, Constance Ikokwu, media aide of Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, said the law has also been suspended, in order to review it. “The code issued by the FRCN has been suspended pending a detailed review, extensive consultation with stakeholders and reconstitution of the board,” he said.
Obazee’s sack came hours after Adeboye retired as RCCG general overseer.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president named Daniel Asapokhai as Obazee’s replacement and appointed Adedotun Sulaiman, as board chairman.
Daily Sun, however, gathered that Obazee was relieved of his job following Enelamah’s report to the president, on reconstitution of the FRC board.
“President Buhari has appointed a chairman and a new executive secretary for the council. The new council, as approved by the president, has Mr Adedotun Sulaiman, as chairman. Sulaiman was a former Managing Partner/Director of Arthur Anderson and later, Accenture.
“He is a chartered accountant and a product of the University of Lagos and Harvard Business School.
“The president has also approved the appointment of Asapokhai as the executive secretary of the Council. Asopokhai is a partner and a Financial Reporting Specialist at PricewaterHouseCoopers, Nigeria.
“He is a product of the University of Lagos and the University of Pretoria.
“President Buhari has also instructed the minister to invite the 19 ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government and private sector organisations specified in the FRC Act to nominate members of its board,” Shehu’s statement said.  (The Sun)

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Pastor Adeboye Remains General Overseer RCCG Worldwide-Statement |The Republican News

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) says Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye remains its General Overseer, Worldwide.

A statement signed by  Leke Adeboye, the clergyman’s last son and Personal Assistant, said the clarification was coming on the heels of misrepresentation of Pastor E. A  Adeboye’s announcement at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving held at the redemption camp today that the Church Nigeria is now to be led by Pastor Joseph Obayemi.

Adebayo said the clarification was sequel to the new legal requirements of  the Financial Regulations Council, guiding all registered churches, mosques, and Civil Society Organisations.

The regulation stipulates that heads of non profit organisations like churches now have a maximum period of 20 years to lead their organisations while  in retirement and  are not permitted to hand over to their families.

Adeboye 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 Pastor E.A Adeboye “remains the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide’’.  (The Sun)

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