The Government Director, Centre for Free Speech Organisation, Mr Richard Akinnola, has described the unfavourable reactions generated over the choice of the Redeemed Christian Church of God to determine a Directorate of Governance and Politics, as mischievous and out-of-order.
Akinnola, a veteran journalist, creator, lawyer and activist, opined that the criticism of the church was a ploy by sure ‘political actors’ to trigger division throughout the “physique of Christ”.
“Within the run-up to the 2015 election, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was the working mate to President Muhammadu Buhari, however to the most effective of my information, Pastor Enoch Adeboye didn’t at any time come out to ask members of his church to vote for Osinbajo, who’s a senior pastor within the church.”
“Fairly, you’d all recall that Adeboye truly prayed for the then President Goodluck Jonathan who had come to him for his blessings proper within the presence of Osinbajo,” he stated.
Akinnola famous that politicians of various events, no matter political affiliations, did attend the RCCG, together with governors Samuel Ortom of Benue and Duoye Diri of Bayelsa – each of PDP.
“So, it’s disingenuous for anybody to counsel that the memo of the RCCG on politics was focused at garnering assist for the presidential ambition of the vice chairman, a clarification which the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) has made,” he added.
The current resolution by the RCCG administration, by a memo, to create directorate of governance and politics in its church buildings nationwide not too long ago sparked different reactions amongst Nigerians, with some accusing the church of God of pandering to partisanship, a high quality which many believed was an aberration to the Christendom and its ecclesiastical norms.