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RCCG: Did Pastor Idowu Iluyomade resign or retire? – Church members speak

Last week , the media was filled with news of Pastor Idowu Iluyomade’s resignation as Pastor of City of David ( COD ) Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). There were however strong rumours also claiming that the Pastor did not resign while some alleged that he retired.


Reliable sources from the church who pleaded anonymity for fear of being reprimanded, however revealed to The Frontier that Pastor ID, as he is fondly called, actually wrote a letter of retirement and not resignation.


A source added that as soon as news of his voluntary retirement filtered out, the Pastor was bombarded with torrents of phone calls from within and outside the country while many members of COD and Apapa Family that he headed and RCCG at large besieged his house, urging him to withdraw the retirement letter.


“There was an overwhelming outpouring of emotions and endless calls and messages,” narrated the source.

Our source informed that the Pastor himself became overwhelmed. With relentless pressure and pleas that followed, days after his retirement letter became public, Pastor Iluyomade allegedly agreed to withdraw the letter. He was said to have told some of those that besieged his house and many that called that it was not his intention to resign as he was still committed to the church and indeed God’s work. He was quoted to have said that he offered to retire just so to make it clear that he had no special attachment to the Trinity Towers contrary to the falsehood being peddled on the media by some disgruntled elements.


Whatever he had done, including leading COD to build the Trinity Towers, he said, was by God’s grace and in his capacity as a Pastor of the RCCG.


Said our source, “You know he was directed to report at the headquarters and to be worshipping there. He accepted it and for two Sundays, he went there to worship. You know he is an easy going, unassuming Pastor devoid of pride. You have to give that to him. He resumed at the headquarters without any problem.”


Pastor ID, according to a member of COD close to him, yielded to the appeals, entreaties and cries of church members some of whom he had pastored for over 30 years, since his sojourn at King’s Court Parish.


Some of the church members, said the COD member who pleaded for anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the press, even wrote a petition, proclaiming with tears, the phenomenal works that their Pastor had done and the innumerable lives he has touched.


“They expressed their confidence and faith that God will answer their prayers and restore their Pastor”, the COD member said.


Pastor ID couldn’t help but yield to their cries, he said “and so he wrote the church to withdraw his retirement letter,” the source added.


But since then, said the COD member, there has been silence.


“So, as things stand, no one clearly understands the state of affairs. We can neither say he has retired nor just serving his suspension. But we still hope for the best.


“The church as a whole is now praying for God to speak to us and to give us direction. And we know He sees our hearts and desires and will surely answer our prayers”, said the source.

Efforts made by our correspondent to speak with Pastor Iluyomade for confirmation were not successful at the time of filing this report.


•Photo Caption: General Overseer Enoch Adeboye and Pastor Idowu Iluyomade


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