A non- governmental organisation has said it will challenge the Financial Reporting Council rule which compelled the resignation of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
The executive director of Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER), Barrister Frank Tietie yesterday said the rule is a violation of the fundamental rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion of members of the church.
While calling on the man of God to rescind his decision, he said the code violates the freedom of Nigerians to associate freely as provided respectively by section 38 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution.
Pastor Adeboye had on January 7 stepped down as the General Overseer of the RCCG, and appointed Pastor Joshua Obayemi as the National Overseer of the church following the new code.
The regulation stipulates a 20-year maximum tenure for heads of religious groups and other not-for-profit-organizations which are registered as trustees under the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA). The federal government on Monday suspended the rule and dissolved its leadership.
Briefing newsmen, Tietie described the FRC code as an “unnecessary interference” in religious matters.
“Where therefore, the holy man of God refuses to review his decision to resign, CASER shall in the interest of members of the RCCG who respect him, seek an order of court to compel Pastor Adeboye to remain as the General Overseer of the RCCC,” he said.
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