The Redeemed and Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) said the leadership it had created for politics and governance was not for anyone.
In a memo, which went viral last week, the church’s assistant general overseer (administration and personnel), Pastor JF Odesola, communicated the development to all pastors in charge of church regions and provinces. .
He said a pastor Timothy Olaniyan had been appointed to lead the newly created leadership.
All pastors in charge of the regions and provinces of the church have been by the memorandum directed to immediately appoint a provincial officer at all levels of the church (zone, region and parish).
“The essence of this leadership is to help coordinate the engagement of our people who are ready to engage in politics as well as mobilize support for them when needed,” the memo read in part. on duty.
Many had concluded that the memo was in the interests of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is believed to be fueling 2023 ambition.
Osinbajo is a church pastor.
But in a statement, the church which boasts of millions of members across Nigeria, debunked the news that the RCCG is creating soft ground for Osinbajo.
“The attention of the Assistant General Overseer (Administration and Personnel) regarding the internal instrument of policy direction and governance of The Redeemed Redeemed Christian Church of God that a sincerely ignorant person has fallen into the media who have attracted by public reactions to the office of the Directorate.
Importantly, the key words are: “…help coordinate the engagement of our people who are ready to engage in politics as well as mobilize support for them”.
“We wish to state that: 1. Nowhere in the statement is it mentioned or implied that any particular political aspirant is mentioned. Predictably, the Church has members who belong to several political parties, but the Church itself would not engage in partisan issues.
“2. As a large and vibrant church, RCCG sees itself as one of the nation’s stakeholders and the leadership’s work is in direct response to the advice of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to support our members on effective and efficient voter education and discharge of their related civic rights and obligations.
“3. As a large and vibrant church, RCCG sees the need to respond to its members’ growing interest in politics and governance by ensuring that their status as law-abiding citizens in all spheres of life is neither compromised nor below the standard expected of followers of Christ.
“4. The RCCG does nothing new or different from some other denominations such as the Catholic Church or other religious bodies that inform their members of policies, laws and regulations concerning their polity and its governance.
“5. Therefore, the RCCG does not promote the interests of any particular political party as its members are found in all political parties in high ranking and responsible positions and have in the past undergone necessary tutelage on how to behave in public service.
“6. The RCCG will continue to offer spiritual and moral support to its members through prayer, encouragement, exhortation, counsel and moral instruction, as one would expect from an organization which is fully aware of its Christian social responsibility,” reads the statement released by Odesola.