Rev Chidi Okoroafor is the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Nigeria. In this interview with EVEREST AMAEFULE, he addresses issues ranging from the crises in the church to the killings in different parts of the country
Two years after the Assemblies of God, Nigeria, won a major court case against its expelled former General Superintendent, the church is still divided. What is responsible for this?
I will take exception to the use of the word ‘divided’. Let me use the country for illustration. That you have insurgency in a section of Nigeria or agitation in one area should not make one to conclude that the country is divided.
I know that what led to the court case was very simple. My former boss broke the principles and the constitution of the church. He took the court to church instead of resolving the matter on the table as provided for in the constitution of the church.
Leveraging that, the church suspended him. He contested his removal up to the Supreme Court. He pursued the case under Fundamental Human Rights and the Supreme Court ruled that it was not a fundamental human right to be a leader of a church. He lost the case. Immediately after the court case, we extended a generous olive branch to him. We went to talk with him one-on-one for him to come and reconcile with the church. He has not yet done so. There are some individuals who still feel that they should gather around him and they are loyal to him. That is unfortunate. As I speak to you, all the institutions of the church are under the General Council of the Assemblies of God, Nigeria – the 10 Bible colleges that we have, the press, the AG Mortgage Bank, our national headquarters and over 90 per cent of the church.