This was made public in a statement issued by the Executive Director of the Abuja-based human rights group, Mr Frank Tietie, on Tuesday. Mr Tietie said Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER) would seek a court order to compel Pastor Adeboye to reverse his decision should he refuse to voluntarily do so.
Pastor Adeboye stepped down as the General Overseer of the RCCG on Saturday on the basis of the controversial Corporate Governance Code of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria. The code, which stipulates a 20-year maximum tenure for heads of religious groups and civil rights organisations, among other provisions, was suspended by the Federal Government on Monday.If the Federal Government had not suspended the code, the regulation could have also seen the exit of some other affected men of God from the headship of their churches. Pastors like Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners’ Chapel, Pastor William Kumuyi of Deeper Christian Life Ministry and Bishop Mike Okonkwo of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) would’ve been affected.Tietie said, “CASER urges the highly-revered Pastor Adeboye to change his mind and rescind his resignation as the General Overseer of RCCG.”
“Where, therefore, the holy man of God refuses to review his decision to resign, CASER shall seek an order of court to compel him to remain as the general overseer.’’
He said the group was acting, not only in the interest of members of the RCCG who respect Adeboye, but also in the interest of the Church generally.