Nigeria’s largest Pentecostal movement, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has established a new directorate for politics.
In a memo from the headquarters of the church addressed to all regions, provinces, zones and other levels of the church, the mission said the directorate will help its members who are interested in contesting for political offices.
The memo dated 28 February with reference number RCCG/AGO/ADM/AA.MEMO/20/01/2022, was signed by the Assistant General Overseer (Admin/Personnel) Pastor J. F. Odesola.
According to the mission, Timothy Olaniyan, a Pastor in Charge of Province (PICP) Lagos Province 12, will lead the office.
“We write to formally notify you that the mission authority has created the Office of Directorate of Politics and Governance in the RCCG. Further to this, Pastor Timothy Olaniyan (PICP Lagos Province 12) has been appointed to lead the office,” the memo said.
“You are kindly requested to appoint with immediate effect a Provincial Officer for your province and also ensure that the same is done at all levels of the church – zone, area and parish. The essence of this directorate is to help coordinate the engagement of our people who are willing to be involved in politics as well as mobilize support for them when required.”
The church demanded that its regions and provinces send the details of its nominated coordinators for the office to the Office of the Assistant General Overseer (Admin/Personnel) of the mission.
The RCCG is currently operational in over 200 countries across the world and the church is led by Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye who turned 80 on 2 March.