This obviously might not be the best of time for leaders and heads of religious organisations and NGOs as the new Corporate Government Code has shorten their last span in office as it has directed them to vacate the office they occupy if they have been at the helm of affairs for 20 years or when they attain the age of 70.
This new law will see many religious leaders in Nigeria relinquish their positions as many of them have served in such positions for more than 20 years. For the spiritual leader and head of Celestial Church of Christ, Pastor Emmanuel Mobiyina Friday Oshoffa, his case is not of the number of years spent but in his biological age as Papa will be 70 years of age come December 25, 2018.
As displayed by the well-structured religious body, the Redeemed Christian Church of God wherein the highly respected and internationally recognized clergyman, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye resigned his appointment as Head of RCCG, Nigeria but still maintains his leadership role as General Overseer/Chairman Governing Body of RCCG.
I hope the Celestial Board of Trustees will take cognizance of this new development to come together and put their house in order to enable them set the necessary machinery into action to prepare a successor before the stipulated time to avert the wrath of the law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Corporate Governance Code for NGOs which was revised in October 2016 said that Founders/Leaders of Not for Profit Organisations should resign after spending “more than 20 years (in office) or is age 70 years and above”.
The baton of leadership, as stated in the new Corporate Government Code, should not be passed on to any family member or relative of the said pastor or leader.
The law which is not shying away from the important role of spiritual leaders also says that it understands the “spiritual role” leaders play in religious organisations, but added that these roles are “distinguishable from corporate governance and management responsibilities”.
It also said that to ensure the Founder/Leader’s continuous advisory and spiritual role, the organisation can create a Board of Trustees (BOT) and make the Founder/Leader the First or Life Chairman.
We’ll have to see where this new law leads CCC as well as other religious leaders or organisations.