RCCG clarifies stance on policy direction, says new department is for voter education
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has clarified its position on the new Policy and Governance Directorate, saying the department is strictly for voter education and not to push or support any particular candidate like being insinuated.
The creation of the department last week by the church had drawn a lot of heat and criticism, with many believing it was created for the sole purpose of galvanizing support for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is said to nurture ambition to run for president in 2023.
As the condemnation circulated, other presidential hopefuls came out to also ridicule the church for allegedly favoring one candidate over the others.
However, in a statement released Saturday on behalf of the church by the Assistant General Overseer (Administration and Personnel), Pastor JF Odesola, the RCCG debunked speculation that the department was created to prepare soft ground for Osinbajo as “The essence of leadership is to help coordinate the commitment of our people who are ready to engage in politics as well as to mobilize support for them when needed.
The statement reads in full:
“The attention of the Assistant General Overseer (Administration and Personnel) regarding the internal instrument of the direction of the policy and governance of The Redeemed Redeemed Christian Church of God which someone, out of sincere ignorance, has dropped into the media who was attracted by the reactions in the public to the function of the Branch.
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“It is important to stress that the key words are: ‘…to help coordinate the commitment of our people who are ready to engage in politics as well as mobilize support for them’.
“We would like to point out 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 who 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, 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. RCCG, by this, does not do anything new or different from some other denominations such as the Catholic Church or other religious bodies which inform their members of the 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. Office.
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, officially, is fully aware of its Christian social responsibility.
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