Nairametrics|Nigerians from all over the world were shocked on Saturday after news broke that the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) was stepping down. He had been the leader of the Church since 1981.
Things became clearer after it was revealed that all he just did was to resign as National Overseer, relinquishing the role for a higher International General Overseer. According to a statement signed by Leke Adeboye, the last son and Personal Assistant of Pastor Adeboye, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye remains the General Overseer, Worldwide of The Redeemed Christian Church of God.
They explained that his decision to step down as National Overseer was due to a provision in the Financial Reporting Council Regulation on Non-for Profit Organization which bars Founder/Leaders of organisations from being at the helm for a period exceeding 20 years.
The provision can be found in section 9 of the Not-For-Profit Organisations Governance Code 2016;
9. Position of the Founder or Leader
9.1. The Founder or Leader of a NFPO occupies a special position in the Organisation and is committed to the success and longevity of the NFPO. Accordingly, a Founder or Leader should not take on too many responsibilities in the organisation or have an indefinite term in the running of the organisation.
9.2. Where for any reason, a Founder or Leader of NFPO also occupies any of the three governance positions of Chairmanship of the Board of Trustees, the Governing Board or Council, and the Headship of the Executive Management (or their governance equivalents), the following provisions shall apply before the end of the organization’s financial year in which this Code takes effect.
9.2.1. The Founder or Leader shall cease to occupy these three governance positions simultaneously. This is to ensure the separation of powers and avoid possible concentration of powers in one individual.
9.2.2. The Founder or Leader may however choose – subject to the agreement of the organization’s apex authority as expressed in the Annual General Assembly, Annual Meeting, Annual Stakeholder Engagement, Annual Conference, Annual Synod, Annual Fellowship Assembly or their equivalents – only one of these three governance positions subject to his current tenure. This is to ensure a clear division of responsibilities at the head of the organization between the running of the governing body and the executive responsibility for the management and fulfilment of the organization’s mission.
9.3. Where the Founder or Leader has occupied all or any of these three governance positions for more than twenty years, or is aged seventy years or above, the choice in section 9.2.2 above should only relate to the Board of Trustees as in section 9.4(c) below, except the constitution of the organisation otherwise provides.
In the case of religious or cultural organisations, nothing in this code is intended to change the spiritual leadership and responsibilities of Founders, General Overseers, Pastors, Imams and Muslim Clerics, Presidents, Bishops, Apostles, Prophets, etc. which are distinguishable from purely corporate governance and management responsibilities and accountabilities of the entities.
This is basically why he has had to resign from the being a National Leader. By being the General Overseer worldwide, he is still technically in charge of the Church spiritually. Whilst, he may not be able to sign documents or make official pronouncements on the businesses owned by the Church in Nigeria, the new local leader will still report to him and take instructions from him.
The news of his stepping down is an eye opener to other churches and non-for profit organisations who have leaders that have occupied offices for decades.
You can download the regulation below;