Osinbajo Presidency: Fire Him Now, RCCG Pastor Tells Church After Colleague Campaigns For Vice Presidency
- An RCCG pastor, Timothy Olaniyan, who recently campaigned for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, is set to be sacked
- The call for Olaniyan’s dismissal came from the church’s youth pastor, Oche Otorkpa, on Monday, May 2.
- Otorkpa in a statement on Monday noted that his colleague had used the church platform to campaign for vice president against the warning and order of Overseer General Enoch Adeboye.
Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) policy and governance officer Pastor Timothy Olaniyan has come under heavy criticism for campaigning for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
In fact, RCCG youth pastor Oche Otorkpa on Monday May 2 called on the church to fire Olaniyan urgently, Avant-garde reports.
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Otorckpa was saddened when he found out the pastor had made such a remark against the warning of the church’s general overseer, Enough Adeboye.
“I was saddened when my attention was drawn to the statement credited to the Head of Policy and Governance of the Redeemed Christian Church, RCCG, “Pastor” Timothy Olaniyan. This act reminds me of the tragedy promoted by many of my colleagues in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who used the RCCG altar to promote Buhari as Nigeria’s only savior because Osinbajo, also a redeemed pastor, was his running mate.
“Against all the warnings of our Father, the General Overseer, these pastors chose to ignore an express order and promoted Buhari/Osinbajo using the RCCG pulpit in 2015 and the results are what we see today.
“Although Pastor Olaniyan has a constitutional right to hold a political opinion, he clearly does not understand the sensitive nature of the position he holds and the diversity of interests and people he is expected to manage.
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“We therefore humbly call on church leaders to urgently remove “Pastor” Timothy Olaniyan as Head of Policy and Governance, to allow the unit to carry out its mandate without shamefully take sides and dance naked in the square market.”
The full statement is contained in a Facebook post shared by Joe Igbokwe, an aide to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos.
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Meanwhile, Festus Ogun, one of Nigeria’s burgeoning human rights lawyers and activists, had called on Osinbajo not to contest the presidency in the interest of the country.
According to Ogun, who urged Nigerians to reject Osinbajo, the vice president was a key leader in the Buhari-led administration.
He argued that the administration had caused untold hardship in Nigeria, bringing the country virtually to its knees.