2023: Noise over RCCG’s political unity ploy to divide Christians, says Akinnola
- Backlash continues to follow Redeemed Christian Church of God’s decision to create governance and policy directorate
- Respected journalist, Richard Akinnola, believes that criticism of the church is just a malicious move by political actors to divide the body of Christ
- Akinnola urged the mega-church to ignore naysayers and carry out its plans for posterity
Lagos- As the backlash continues to follow the decision of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) to establish a governance and policy directorate, Nigerian journalist, author, lawyer and activist, Mr. Richard Akinnola believes that the criticism of the Church is just a playful move by political actors to divide the body of Christ.
Akinnola, a former editor of the Vanguard newspaper and executive director of the Center for Free Speech Organization, crossed his mind in a social media post that drew similar reactions from others on the platform. form, with many urging the church to press ahead with its decision. .
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“I believe that this red herring regarding this RCCG decision is nothing but a malicious maneuver by a political camp to cause division within the body of Christ.
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“Echoing a well-known fact already established by Nigerians in other comments on the subject, Akinnola said:
“In the run up to the 2015 elections, Osinbajo was Buhari’s running mate, but to my knowledge Pastor EA Adeboye never came out to ask his church members to vote for Osinbajo, who is a senior. priest in the church.
“Instead, you will all recall that Pastor Adeboye actually prayed for the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, who had come to see him for his blessings, right in the presence of Osinbajo.”
The veteran journalist explained in more detail:
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“I know that politicians from different parties attend the RCCG. Governor Ortom of Benue State and Governor Diri of Bayelsa State (both from the PDP) attend the RCCG.
“Thus, it is dishonest of anyone to suggest that the RCCG policy memo was aimed at gaining support for Vice President Osinbajo’s presidential ambition, a clarification that the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had done.”
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Recall that the NFP had stated that the establishment of policy and governance leadership within the RCCG is based on its directive to the Pentecostal churches in Nigeria.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng by Kolade Segun-Okeowo, NFP Deputy Director, Policy and Governance Directorate, the association noted that journalist and politician, Dele Momodu’s reaction to the decision is out of turmoil.
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He added that Momodu’s suggestion that religion and politics should be separated is neither tenable nor unacceptable.
The RCCG clarifies the role of its political leadership and governance
Legit.ng previously reported that the RCCG had clarified the role its new leadership, policy and governance would play within the ministry.
In a statement sent to reporters on Sunday, March 13, Rev. Johnson F Odesola, RCCG Assistant General Overseer (Administration and Personnel), said some of the backlash on the matter was due to ignorance.
He reiterated that the role of the new management is to:
“Help coordinate the engagement of our people who are ready to get involved in politics and mobilize support for them.”