- The decision of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) to have as many churches as possible has been generating reactions
- First to condemn the move was the Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie
- Okogie had described such branches of the RCCG as “mere business centres”
- Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, agrees with Okogie's opinion
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has joined in the condemnation of the decision of the Redeemed Christian Church of God to have as many branches as possible.
First to condemn the move was the Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie.
In a video seen by NAIJ.com, Falana said: “This is the danger of religiosity as opposed to spirituality. Cardinal Okogie has given a beautiful reply this morning, that what Adeboye is talking about are business centers not religious institutions.”
NAIJ.com checks revealed that the video was recorded at the 2017 edition of the annual Felabration lecture.
The RCCG general overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had said he would love to open more churches so they can be a walking distance to peoples' homes.
In response, Okogie had described such branches as “mere business centres,” insisting that there was indeed no godliness in planting churches in close proximity.
“I heard that one of my colleagues, Adeboye, said that he would love to build churches everywhere so as to make it easy for worshipers to walk to them. But for me, that is a useless statement. How can you say you will build churches everywhere?
“What kind of churches are you talking about? Look at traffic in Lagos for example, and those who are pastors are traders and a good number of them are business men. Such churches in most cases are more like business houses! Look at the number of churches springing up in Lagos. If the Muslims start building mosques like that, does it show that Nigeria is a religious country?
“Churches must ensure that there is fear of God. And I’m just telling you that those churches that he is talking about are just business centres,” Okojie told the New Telegraph.
Video of Falana on Sahara TV:
Five months ago, Okogie raised an alarm over the challenges faced by Nigerians due to poor leadership in the country.
In a statement titled: “Do we have a nation? A Stitch in Time Saves Nine,” the respected Catholic leader said Nigeria has broken down and is currently not working.
He further stated that the waves of insecurity, activities of herdsmen, militants in the Niger-Delta and the agitation for Biafra is from a result of a faulty constitution, corruption and lack of accountability from leaders.
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