Nigerians React To New Law That Church Leaders Must Retire After 20 Years Of Service And 70 Years Of Age

Some Nigerians are yet to understand Adeboye’s retirement and the new regulatory law that church leaders must retire after 20 years of service and 70 years of age.

The supposed new law according to a report from Vanguard posits that the law was endorsed by Jonathan’s administration in 2015, but took effect only 2 months ago.

The report of the law came forth as Nigeria’s prominent pastor, and Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)’s Pastor Enoch Adeboye, stepped down as the national general overseer.

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In an official statement, Pastor Joseph Obayemi was named to become the new National Overseer of the church. Pastor Adeboye has now taken the position as the general overseer of the church worldwide.

The RCCG founder and leader’s retirement has made a lot of Nigerians worried about the much-believed plan of the president to Islamise Nigeria.

It is not clear what actually prompted the resignation of the RCCG founder but many fear that many other churches may toe his line in order to avoid squabbles with the government.

Government personalities such as Fani-Kayode and Governor Fayose have publicly condemned Buhari for allowing the church to be mandated under the law as well.

The law is said to be in line with the regulations of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN). However many are still not convinced that the new law is not a gradual step to take control of the churches.

“I have warned and I’m still warning, take your hands away from the administration of churches, you are killing Christians, The Lord will rise against you.”

“By rising against the church, this government has failed. As anyone that rises against God will fail. By using Laws against the church, they have started to crumble. “

“Christians are being slaughtered in Southern Kaduna and noble men cannot talk because of fear of incarceration. “- Fayose.

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Also not sparing the government, former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has said the government has no business interfering in church administrations.


From the look of things, the law affects non-orthodox churches that were registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission as business enterprises.

The law does not only affect churches but businesses and non-profit organizations.