Law To Also Affect Oyedepo, Kumuyi, Olukoya
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboyi, 74, General Oversea of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), shocked the entire leadership of the church on Saturday morning when he announced major changes that would see him stepping aside for an Overseer for the operations in Nigeria.
Adeboye, who took over the leadershipof the RCCG over 36 years ago on January 21, 1981, following the death, after the death in a London hospital of the founder, Pastor Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi on November 2, 1980, announced at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving with the GO, that due to a new law, he was stepping aside as the Overseer for the Church in Nigeria.
Pastor Adeboye announced Pastor J.O. Obayemi, who until then was his deputy in charge of Finance and a member of governing council as the Overseer for the Church in Nigeria.
The new law, which became effective last year says any General Overseer cannot stay beyond 20 year on the saddle.
However, Adeboye remains in charge of the Church’s operations in the over 194 countries where the RCCG has Parishes.
The church explained further that because the RCCG, founded in 1954, has since become a global organization, the rule only affect the Nigerian church of which Obayemi would superintend over as “Overseer RCCG Nigeria,” while Adeboye remains at the apex of the global body as General Overseer “Worldwide”.
A source close to the church who spoke earlier to ThePost-ng while corroborating the clarification on the retirement of Adeboye, fondly called “Daddy GO” by his followers, explained that the revered church leader would continue to officiate at the Holy Ghost service and congress, being the flagship programmes of the global church.
The new rule is also expected to affect such church leaders as Bishop David O. Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), Pastor Williams Folorunso Kumuyi of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry; Pastor Mike Okonkwo of the Christian Penticostal Mission; Pastor Daniel Kolawole Olukoya of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles; Pastor Kris Okotie of the Household of God Church; and Pastor Chris Oyakilome of Christ Embassy, among others.