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Rev Prof Paul Emeka
Rev Prof Paul Emeka

Assemblies of God Church crisis deepens with suspension of 7 C’ttee members

The leadership crisis rocking the Assemblies of God Church Nigeria took another turn yesterday as the General Committee of the church suspended seven members of the Executive Council (EC) and appointed new ones.

The meeting was held amidst tight security as members of the committee were made to undergo accreditation
and thoroughly scrutiny before being allowed into the capacity filled national secretariat of the church located at Independence lay out,
Enugu.

The conveners of the meeting decided to tighten security following the invasion of the venue earlier in the day by suspected hired thugs, who attempted to block the entrances to the venue but were dispersed by security officials who arrested about 20 of them.

The thugs were said to have arrived from Aba in five hired buses.

The General Committee, the highest decision making body of the church comprising District Superintends, Ordained Ministers and delegates drawn from various parts of Nigeria, accused the suspended Executive council members as responsible for the lingering crisis.

Although they reappointed four members of the suspended executive committee to serve in the reconstituted organ, the committee  reaffirmed that the move was part of efforts to restore peace and progress in the church.

They are to work with the embattled General Superintendent of the church, Rev Professor Paul Emeka to find solutions to the crisis which had lingered in the last four months.

But the faction of the suspended Executive Committee members as well as others led by the Assistant General Superintendent, Rev Chidi Okoroafor stayed away from the meeting, even as efforts to get their
view on the development proved abortive.

Addressing the newly appointed executive committee members, Rev Emeka urged them to be strong and truthful as well as live by the dictates of God, insisting that it was the only thing that would speak for them in the course of their duty.

Referring to the crisis that has rocked the church so far, he told the committee that they were on “rescue mission” to save the church and return it to the path of sanity, stressing that several futile attempts had been made to drag the church to disrepute.

“We have come to do things properly and what we have done so far is to set up a body on interim basis that will work with me to get things rectified. What has happened here today is what we call in the Assemblies of God, General Committee which is the highest judicial body. It is above the Executive Committee, which is the highest
decision making body but when it comes to judicial aspect, it is the general committee. We came here to rectify the anomalies that were committed in the last general committee which was unconstitutionally called and unconstitutionally constituted, because the General Superintendent which happens to be me is the only authorized person to call the General committee.

“But in that General committee some persons took it upon themselves to do what I should do and at the end of it, they pronounced me suspended. They were the wrong persons to suspend me and they pronounced that purported suspension on the wrong reason ranging from allegations of financial misconduct and I have gone to EFCC and cleared of all of it to the last point and suddenly some of the Executive committee members started working with me because they were part of that plot, but have now known the truth. So what we have done today is moving towards the resolution of the crisis and we are hopeful that we will get there soon”, he said.

Reminded that executive members led by Okoroafor refused to attend the meeting, Emeka said that they were invited, stressing that with their rejection by branches of the church, he did not expect them to attend
the meeting.

He however promised to accommodate them in the spirit of true brotherhood and called on them to toe the path of truth so as to propagate the gospel which is their calling.

Photo: Embattled General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria, Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka

14 comments

  1. AGN IS PRINCINPLE, BUT ON THIS ISSUE TRUE JUSTICE WILL SURELY PREVAIL ON THE MATTER ROCKING ASSEMBLIES OF GOD. SIR, WE SUPORT YOU SIR AS YOU HAVE CLEARED YOURSELF FROM EFCC. GOD WILL SEE YOU THROUGH SIR. WE ARE NOT HAPPY TO ALL THIS PROBLEM FACING AGN, I BELIEVE GOD IN HEAVEN WE SEE YOU THROUGH. FROM, DOHA, QATAR.

  2. pastor frank nwomoko(rccg)

    GS Sir, since the first day I listened to your message on cable I had a soft spot for you. Please declare some days fasting for the whole AG so that the siege of the enemy will be over in Jesus name. Follow the path of forgiveness & reconciliation. The gate of Hell shall not prevail.

  3. why will matters of the church be settle by efcc who may not be christians or know nothing about repentance. why do u (GS) abandoned the other EC members, head of bible schools, former GS & all the district Superintendents who elected u & go to the court whose chief judge may not be a christian. Instead of serving the suspension u were given & thinking of how to reconcile the church, u are going about dividing districts & creating more problems. is this what u re teaching ur followers? know that no matter how high u may scheme, God can never be bought over. Heaven is real

    • @Amos Otu, you are a big fool for saying that.

    • Iccabod! Until His presence returns those parading themselves as leaders will have themselves to blame for their selfishness and for misleading the church. God is not man .and AG has never been run by one man since its inception.. Has the Holy Spirit never spoken to any of you.? Humble yourslves, go back to when the problem started, you will find the solution there. God had told you what to do since that time, but you listened to other wrong voices. If. Christ coming meet you where you are now you will be in trouble because your actions and inactions have affected the church cum AG very negatively. May God forgive all of us. Amen

  4. Man of God you are really called to restored the Glory of God in AG please sir , can you permit me to say keep on doing your good work , heaven is real?

  5. What do we have for the world as a church? is quite unfortunate that the world is now judging us as a believer. Heavenly race is personal no matter any position we are occupying in this world. When we get home the book shall be open.

  6. It is a Sudden Attack to the Belivers But then sir you preached to me and i repented thru ur message sir wat will i do?sir u are a man of God pls reconcile with Ag nigeria and make peace with everybody as to move the church forward.sir with due respect maintain peace now becs i see millions of people going to hell becs of u oh wat a Tragedy sir Jesus christ accepted to die for the sins of man kind then wat again;?sir God of heaven is giving u more time to Amend things and reconcile the church if not so then i will stop going to Ag.I am not supporting Unbelivers judging the matters of christains?ih my God pls wat is ur message?

  7. EMEKA U MIGHT B RIGHT B4 BUT NOW U AR GUILTY 4 TAKIN D CHURCH MATA TO COURT,EFCC DAT MIGHT NOT EVEN B A CHRISTIAN

  8. I stand to be corrected please; i believe hiring thugs to achieve a means to an end is POLITICAL !!! . What has RELIGION got to do with such a WICKED ACT; if this, is the case i’m made to believe that POLITICS IS NOW IN RELIGION. Moreso, I think there is SOMETHING a big TIME-BOMB SECRET they are not telling us. Thugs ;-> in Religion ;-( .

  9. Pastor(Barr)philip Okhueleigbe

    The real issue is not about Emeka or Chidi.The church has a foundational problem which is fundamental to its existence. Voting as a process of placing leaders in church,is not biblical. church govt should be theocratic and not democratic.The church must remove democracy from her constitution in order to enjoy lasting peace. YOU CAN’T USE UNGODLY METHOD TO BE DOING A GODLY WORK.Church organisations who chose this path had alway had leadership crisis

  10. 1cor 6 vs 4 -7 if this was your recommendation in your book conflict resolution ,if this passage of the bible is ,then you have fallen from your words.

  11. I like your paper

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