Recent moves by a breakaway group to register a Church similar to “Assemblies of God Nigeria” may have suffered defeat, MK Reporters has learnt.
Internal crisis has persisted in the famous protestant Pentecostal Church for nearly a decade, it was gathered.
A group reportedly led by a top federal official, hurriedly registered a new Church – “Assembly of God Northern Nigeria”, without approvals from the mother Church.
Upon discovery, attorneys of Assemblies of God Nigeria Church wrote the CAC, demanding the withdrawal of the certificate of the new Church registration numbered 101029.
The letter dated August 16, 2020, signed by Barr. Ezra Jinang of Seven Seals Attorneys says “the registration of Assembly of God Northern Nigeria in 2017 after an earlier registration of Assemblies of God Nigeria to our mind and the law, is a clear case of passing off and the aim is to mislead members of the public towards believing that the two organizations are one and the same.”
The CAC immediately wrote the incorporated Trustees of the newly registered “Assembly of God Northern Nigeria” Church, directing the change of the approved name “to one that does not resemble Assemblies of God Nigeria, to avoid misleading members of the public to believing that it is the same as Assemblies of God Nigeria” against relevant laws.
Section 30(1) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (as amended) forbids the registration of an organization, “under a name identical with that by which a company in existence is previously registered, or nearly resembling it to be likely to deceive.”
The order of change of name in a letter dated 27th August 2020, with reference number COM/GCE/QU/VOL.1/2020/286 gave six weeks for the name change.
It is however not clear how the name approval was secured in the first place.
The new Church registration, observers say, bypassing due process goes contrary to the God’s instructions in the Bible.
It is popular opinion that the new Church is a result of the efforts of an individual, along with a few loyalists, and not a unanimous decision of the Church in Northern Nigeria, as no District Superintendent of the parent Church in the North appears to support it.
“Nothing would have been wrong with the Northern Assemblies of God having her independence as that will encourage further propagation of the gospel and also bring development, but due process should be followed.
“If it’s the kingdom of God we are building, it should be built on righteousness and truth according to the book of
Psalms 86.4 which says the throne of God is built on the foundation of righteousness and Justice,” a reputed Christian leader who preferred anonymity said.
“Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27 says any building on sand shall crumble and this is exactly what we are witnessing,” added the commentator.
The federal official leading the moves for the new Church is also said to be famous for preaching peace and unity.
The new Church, further tearing the Church apart might contradict his ideals, if true.
A new Church is a plus to the Christendom if done the right way, but observers believe if there was any time the Church needed to be strongly united, it is now that it is fiercely “persecuted”.