Adeboye remains GO worldwide as Obayemi leads RCCG Nigeria
Pastor E.A Adeboye has appointed Pastor Joseph Obayemi to lead the Redeemed Christian Church of God Nigeria on Saturday as he retires, ahead of his 75th birthday on 2 March.
Obayemi will be the ‘national overseer’ while Adeboye remains the general overseer worldwide.
Adeboye retires as RCCG G.O. and Obayemi has been named as successor
Earlier report had it that Adeboye has retired as the general overseer of the church.
However, a statement signed by Leke Adeboye, the clergyman’s last son clarified that Adeboye remains the general overseer, Worldwide of RCCG while Obayemi will be leading the RCCG Nigeria.
According to him, the development was in line with the new legal requirements set up by the Financial Regulations Council, guiding all registered churches, mosques, and CSOs.
"The regulation stipulates that heads of non profit organisations like churches now have a maximum period of twenty years to lead their organizations while in retirement, they are not permitted to hand over to their families," the statement read.
Before his appointment, Obayemi was the former special assistant to the general overseer on finance.
Pastor Johnson Odesola, who was the special assistant on administration and personnel, was also appointed as the church secretary.
Recall that last year, the church said those calling for his retirement because of his age were ignorant of the church’s doctrine.
Adeboye, 74, was appointed general overseer of the church in 1991, taking over from Papa Akindayomi, who had died the previous year.
After joining the RCCG in 1973, he began working to translate the sermons of its then Pastor and founder, Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, from Yoruba into English.
The church, which was not well known prior to Adeboye’s ascendance has grown phenomenally, to become Nigeria’s biggest, with branches globally in about 190 countries, including more than 14,000 in Nigeria.
Nigerians have since reacted to the news about the retirement of the man of God who is truly revered throughout the federation as some expressed deep shock on hearing the news.