After serving at the Redeemed
Christian Church of God for 23 years, Bayo Akinjiyan, 55, has decried what he
described as “man’s inhumanity to man and the travesty of justice” by the church
he served “meritoriously.”

Akinjiyan, who voluntarily resigned
from the church in 2013 after rising to the position of an assistant provincial
pastor at Lagos Province 25, said he could not fathom why an organisation he
was once a part of for 23 years would treat him with “human indignity” and
refuse to pay him what is due to him.

Upon his exit from the church,
Akinjiyan said he had to vacate a N15m house he personally built on Plot 15,
Diligence Road, Redemption Camp, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which is in line with
the policy of the church that a non-member has no rights to own any building at
the camp.

However, after handing over the
property, its receipt has yet to be acknowledged by the authorities of the
church; a position Akinjiyan said had made him uncomfortable.

His other grievance is over unpaid
consultancy fees amounting to over N2m on projects designed, supervised and or
managed by him since 2012.

Akinjiyan said he had exploited all
available media to express his grievances to the church, including through the
writing of private letters to the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, but
after waiting for over two years and his grievances had yet to be addressed, he
had resorted to writing an open letter to the leader of the church.

His letter read, “First, I want to
address the attitude and response of the authorities and leadership of the
Redeemed Christian Church of God over the house on Plot 15, Diligence Road,
Redemption Camp Estate, Redemption Camp, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway that I handed
over to them upon my voluntary exit from the church after 23 years of
meritorious service and having risen to the position of assistant provincial
pastor.

“This was contained in my letter of
resignation, dated November 3, 2013. That I gave my best in this adventure was
alluded to by the church in the letter of release, dated March 11, 2014, which
states inter alia, ‘…We wish to appreciate you for your contributions to this
ministry and we pray that God will reward and support you in your future
endeavours…’

“Secondly, the attitude and
response of the Board of Governors of Christ the Redeemers College, Sagamu,
Ogun State Nigeria — a private secondary school operated by Christ the
Redeemer’s Ministries, an affiliate of RCCG, over an unpaid consultancy fees on
projects designed, supervised and or managed by me since 2012.

“I know the implications of my
actions and having fully weighed my options, I hereby accept full
responsibilities for my actions. My decision to inform the Christian community
and the larger society is not aimed at destroying or tarnishing the image of
anyone or maligning the church that once gave me fire, but rather, it is aimed
at putting records straight, and satisfying my God and my conscience. I have
prayed over this matter, consulted those that I needed to, and I’ve come to the
conclusion that God is on the side of those who have a right standing with Him.

“Let us address the first issue —
the house at Redemption Camp. In line with the policy of the RCCG mission on
those who build on its land, the keys to the house on the above mentioned
location, which is a five-bedroom house (all en-suite), valued by a firm of
chartered estate surveyors at N15.5m as of December 5, 2011, were submitted to
the church through my letter to the General Overseer, dated March 4, 2014 upon
my voluntary exit.

“Reminders were also sent through
four other letters dated September 2, 2015, January 2, 2016, March 10, 2016,
and June 27, 2016.  Of all these letters
and reminders, the only response I had was a letter dated October 9, 2015,
acknowledging the letter of September 2, stating as follows, ‘…We wish to
inform you that the issues raised in your letter have been referred to
concerned officials for their comments and response. We shall get back to you
as we receive feedback and further directives from the mission authority.

“Almost a year down the line, I am
still waiting. My request was that the church should at least officially
acknowledge the receipt of the house, even if there is no form of compensation.
The God who built that for me can always give me a better one. This is my
belief. The need to acknowledge the takeover of the house becomes necessary for
at least two reasons: first, when I get to heaven (and by the grace of God I
will make it), there will be an official and authentic record from RCCG in my
favour, of the house that was forfeited to her as a result of doing the will of
the Master here on earth.

“Secondly, it is to my knowledge
that properties said to belong to the leadership of the church or that of the
RCCG Mission sometimes allegedly, carelessly and surreptitiously fall into
wrong hands. In view of this development, the question is: Is Pastor Adeboye
even aware of this house in question of having been handed over to RCCG? If
yes, has he given an instruction for my request to be granted? If yes, what is
delaying his instruction from being carried out almost a year after? If no
action has been taken with all these efforts of mine, what is the reason for
this?”

Akinjiyan’s second grievance is the
non-payment of N2,140,604.66 consultancy fee on projects designed, supervised
and managed by him since 2012 at Christ the Redeemers College, the secondary
school of the church.

He wrote, “I was appointed by the
governing board of the above-named college for the purpose of overseeing the
projects on a week-by-week basis at a meeting held by the Board on November 28,
2009. My duties and responsibilities were diligently carried out to the letter.
When I wrote to the college for payment thereafter, no response was given. I
wrote a reminder after two years, the college refused to collect the letter for
reasons best known to the official at their reception desk. I thereafter sent
it to the General Overseer on March 10, 2016. A reminder was sent in June 2016
and also a personal copy to Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye, the wife of the G.O.,
who is a major stakeholder of the college.

“For all these to have happened in
a church I diligently served for 23 years is questionable in my opinion. I have
yet to find out why I should be so treated in this manner even after I had
followed due process to secure my release. Please also note that it took the
church over two years to organise a send-off in my honour and this was after I
wrote the G.O. about it. It took the church over two years and after two
separate letters of reminder, to pay royalty on over 30 of my published books
in the church bookshops. This also happened after I wrote to the G.O. about it.

“Would it be right then to say that
perhaps all these are personal vendetta coming from those on whose toes I
stepped on while I served through my insistence that right things must be done
and I am now being made to pay for my uncompromising stance on corruptive
tendencies within the spheres I served and particularly at the college?

“I believe that for our nation to
be great again, all hands must be on deck. Religious leaders have a crucial
role to play beyond praying for the nation. They need to also teach their
members and warn against the evil of corruption, expose its tendencies within
the system. Then and only then can our nation be sanitized and become great
again. The government alone cannot fight and win this humongous battle against
corruption.

“One thing is for sure: for the
leadership of the RCCG to keep ignoring me and all the letters I’ve sent across
to it for its own best known reasons would be cutting off its nose to spite its
face. I know so much more than anyone could think of and I counsel that they
should just let sleeping dogs lie. If this situation persists in the next
couple of days, one may be compelled to press for full redress on these issues.
I am using this opportunity to call on all those who believe in the course of
justice within the church and outside of it to please assist me in this cause.
I’m calling on human rights groups and civil society organisations and others
to please strengthen my arm through the law if need be.

“I also call on the irrepressible
media, both print and electronic in Nigeria and in the international community,
to conduct investigative journalism and prove me wrong in any of my assertions.
A young lawyer friend has provided me legal services so far and has written the
appropriate bodies on these issues. I pray the church authority will act fast
on this, but if they think otherwise, I am fully prepared for the days ahead. I
also know that this journey may be long, lonely and dreary. The wheel of justice
may grind slowly, but with God on my side, there is a glorious light at end of
the tunnel.

“To the Christian community and
friends, I demand your prayers at this time. I know some ‘brethren’ will vilify
me, abuse and harass me, take me through scriptures on how to resolve church
conflicts (I’ve explored all these) or how not to touch ‘mine anointed.’ I know
some would call me names, raise non-existing scandalous issues that have not
surfaced since I left over three years ago. I know I could be under threat of
attack or be monitored. I am not bothered.

“What is not worth dying for is not
worth living for. Some might ask: You want to destroy a house you helped in
building or once lived in? My answer is ‘no’. It is to prevent the house from
collapsing on its present occupants that is my concern. Some might ask why
fight over mundane issues such as house or money and just N2.1m? My answer is
‘no’. I have been involved in projects for the church to the extent that that
if I were to collect consultancy fees, it would have run into over tens of
millions of naira, but yet I executed some of these projects with my colleagues
in the building industry for next to nothing.

“I am not a gold digger nor do I
seek to reap where I did not sow. I belong to the Joshua generation and this
error of treating with indignity people who follow due process in resigning
from the church must stop. I have suffered in the hands of vipers, vultures,
lions, crocodiles, pharaohs and goliaths in the church system over the years,
I’ve suffered with Christ through obedience to His will. I’ve gone through and
still going through ‘indignity’ of living in a rented accommodation, after
building a decent house and living in it just because of doing God’s will. I’ve
had my own portion of the vicissitudes of life.

“I have a different spirit and have
followed the Lord fully. Having been given positions of trust and
responsibilities and never abused any, I rejoice and see all these as part of
the faith package of my redemption through Christ Jesus and in all of these.
I’m more than a conqueror. I have no regret of any decisions taken in the past,
I have no better yesterday yet, I’m a believer in a glorious tomorrow. I have
coveted no man’s silver or gold; I’ve never stolen church funds or church members.

“Unconfirmed reports indicate how
people who left the Redemption Camp sold their houses through illegal transfers
without the mission batting an eyelid. I decided to do the right thing and must
I suffer for it? While I do not claim to be perfect, just as no one is, I
contend daily for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints. I am not
intimidated and can never be. I serve the living God, the God of faithfulness
and without injustice, good and upright is He. A word, they say, is enough for
the wise and those who live in glass houses do not throw stones.”

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