The Oasis Reporters
January 12, 2017
In a rare moment of candor, the House of Representatives has tactically endorsed the position of Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State when he queried the proprietary of having a septuagenarian President of Nigeria, implementing a law to limit the tenure of religious leaders at 70, when he is ruling Nigeria at 74.
The House saw his point and on Wednesday clarified that no agency of the Federal Government is empowered by any law passed by the National Assembly to determine how long a religious leader should serve in office.
This was as it ordered a “detailed” public hearing on the activities of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria. The agency had veered into the tenure of the leadership of religious organisations, which prompted Pastor Enoch Adeboye to step down as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in Nigeria.
But at a session presided over by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, the House passed the resolution after members debated and endorsed a motion moved by the Minority Leader of the House, Mr. Leo Ogor.
They noted that the FRC Act 2011 did not make a provision for the tenure of office of religious bodies or non-profit organisations.
Leading debate on the motion, Ogor wondered how the FRC got its powers. He added that while the agency might have delegated legislative powers, being a product of the National Assembly, any legislation or code it formulated should have been mandatorily approved by the same National Assembly before it could be applied.
With regard to the controversial Good Governance Code formulated by the FRC for non-profit organisations, the lawmaker declared that the National Assembly had no knowledge of it.
“The House is concerned that the Governance Code formulated by the Council as it relates to heads of non-profit making organisations is a clear usurpation of the powers of the National Assembly as stipulated in Section 4 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
“Also concerned that the National Assembly has not in any way approved the corporate governance code as it did with the Building Code,” read the motion.