The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has created a Directorate of Politics and Governance. In a memo addressed to all regions, provinces, zones and other levels of the church, the mission said the directorate was created for the political education of its members.
The directorate is also created to charge members of the church to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards ahead of the 2023 general elections.
As inscribed in the memo dated February 28, 2022, and titled, ‘Office of Directorate of Politics and Governance’, with the reference number: RCCG/AGO/ADM/AA/MEMO/20/01/2022; as signed by the Assistant General Overseer in charge of Administration and Personnel, Pastor John Odesola.
The memo partly reads, “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”.
“…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.”
According to RCCG Head of Media and Public Relations, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi said the directorate is to sensitize members of the church for active political participation.
He said, “One thing I know is that we have a directorate on politics and governance to galvanize opinion and views to discuss issues as they occur, not only in Nigeria but globally, because as Christians we cannot afford to act ignorantly. It is to serve as a form of sensitization (for those interested in politics) and to mobilize our people to register and play their own roles, collect PVCs. Those who are interested, let them join the political party they choose.”