Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly, on Monday, said that church leaders should comply with the laws governing the nation as a show of exemplary leadership.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, Bakare said Jesus is the owner of the church and not General Overseers, hence the church leaders should bow to relevant regulatory agencies.
Bakare spoke on the backdrop of the recent Financial Regulatory Council law which is mandating church leaders to retire from church leadership after 20 years of being on the saddle, a development which compelled Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God to bow out of the leadership of the church in Nigeria.
NAN quoted him saying: “I do not work in Financial Reporting Council. Nobody has served me any notice. I’m a trained lawyer and I try to be law-abiding, but that is not to say that any of the people mentioned has not been law-abiding. But whether we like it or not, one day we`ll have to leave office. You can’t go on forever.
“This is the way I want you to see what happened to Pastor Adeboye, that God granted him grace, for so many people they will collapse before they know when to leave. But to have someone succeed you in your life time and to continue when you have mentored that person is a great achievement”.
Bakare, who is the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), added that the church is not owned by anybody but Jesus, consequently church leaders must live by example, maintaining that the action of Adeboye was a noble one.
He added that: “There is nothing to fear in complying with law and regulation; we must not be a lawless people. So, we must live by example and what has happened is good for all.”
In obedience to the FRC’s directive, Mr. Adeboye resigned as the general overseer of the Redeemed Church Nigeria but continues to oversee the global arm of the church.
The council, which is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, is responsible for, among others, developing and publishing accounting and financial reporting standards to be observed in the preparation of financial statements of public entities in Nigeria and for related matters.
One of the rules stipulates a maximum period of 20 years for the heads of all registered churches, mosques and civil society organisations.
On the killings in Southern Kaduna, Bakare assured that measures have been put in place to ensure that peace is restored in that part of the state.
“I did not only pay a visit to Kafanchan physically, I went there to meet with the elders of Kafanchan. I also, by God`s grace, arranged a meeting between the elders of Kafanchan and the Governor (Nasir El-Rufai) in the Governor`s office in Kaduna. I can assure you that peace will return to Southern Kaduna.
“The bloodletting will stop and right now, they`ve posted two battalions of soldiers there to stay in the forest where these men that were attacking them had been coming through. And there are some other things I know that made me say peace will return there”, NAN quoted Bakare as saying.