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RCCG clears air on ‘support for politician’ with creation of Directorate of politics & governance

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has denied reports and insinuations that the newly created Directorate of Politics and Governance was to mobilise support for any particular party or politician.

Its General Overseer Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola, clarified the insinuations were wrong.

The church, he said, remains non-partisan.

He was reacting to insinuations that the church was supporting a particular politician following a memo establishing the unit that emerged last week.

Odesola, in a statement, explained nowhere did the memo refer to any particular political aspirant as being insinuated.

According to him: “As would be expected, the Church has members that belong to several political parties, but would not itself get into partisan issues.

“As a big and dynamic church, RCCG considers herself one of the nation’s stakeholders and the work of the directorate is in direct response to the advisory of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to support our members on effective and efficient voter education and the discharge of their related civic rights and obligations”.

“As a big and dynamic church, RCCG considers it necessary to respond to the growing interest of its members in politics and governance by ensuring that their standing as law abiding citizens in all spheres of life is neither compromised nor fall below the standard expected of followers of Christ.”

Odesola added: “RCCG by this is not doing anything new or different from some other denominations such as the Catholic Church or other religious bodies who bring its members up to date with policies, laws and regulations regarding their polity and its governance.

“RCCG will continue to offer spiritual and moral support to its members through prayers, encouragement, exhortation, counselling and moral instructions as would be expected from an organisation which on record is fully conscious of its Christian Social Responsibility.”

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