Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer (worldwide) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has accused the Federal Government of deliberately instituting anti-Christian laws and meddling in church matters.
Adeboye who announced a new leader of the Nigerian church on Saturday, accused government of not allowing the church (RCCG) to continue with its stipulated lifetime 100 percent salaries to its pensioners.
Speaking on Sunday at the Redemption Camp, Kilometre 46, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State, Pastor Enoch Adeboye said:
“Government has been showing increasing interest in church affairs. Unfortunately, for us in RCCG, it might not be very helpful.
“For example, when I decided on what will be the pension of our pastors, what I decided is not done anywhere in the world. That somebody will retire and continue to earn full salaries all his lifetime.
This, I started, but government stepped in and made a law that we should be contributing to pension fund.
We have to obey and we started doing that. The result is that pastors don’t get as much as they were getting under our own previous arrangement. But, what can we do? We have to obey the law.”
Adeboye disclosed that other fresh laws particularly targeted at the RCCG, had been enacted by the government to ruffle the feathers of the church in the country.
More so, the church leader urged members of RCCG to register as card-carrying members of political parties ahead 2019 general elections.
“Now there are fresh laws. We have a rough idea of what the law is about.
“Some people believe that RCCG is becoming too influential and we’re going to be more influential. When you get home, tell members to join a political party.
“Join a party and become a card-carrying member of any party. Just join any party. We shall decide issues right from the ward level.
“If you are not active at ward level, you’ll do what they plan and say at the top. Enroll in any party of your choice and have a card. When holding meetings at ward level to choose delegates, be there.
“One Muslim in Ibadan said years ago that he didn’t know what’s wrong with Christians; that we help them to occupy political positions and have refused to capitalise on our population. That’s going to change from now.”
The G. O. at the church’s annual ministers’ thanksgiving held at the Redemption Camp in the Mowe area of Ogun State, had on Saturday announced Pastor Joseph Obayemi, as the new leader of the church in Nigeria.
He cited a government regulation, which stipulates mandatory office tenure for general overseers of all registered churches, as the reason for the restructuring.