The Organisation of African Instituted Church (OAIC), one of the five blocs of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has passed a resolution against the election of any polygamous leader to steer its affairs.
This was the highlight at the Regional Executive Committee (REC) meeting of OAIC held in Lagos and presided by the Regional President, Elder (Dr.) Napo Emuchay.
The resolution was informed by a lecture delivered by the Prelate of Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Worldwide (MCCSW), Baba Aladura Elder (Dr.) Israel Akinadewo at the meeting.
Prelate of MCCSW had lamented the emergence of polygamous leaders at the bloc, stating that it was making others to look down on OAIC.
In the lecture titled: “Celibacy, marriage and the future of OAIC in the contemporary Nigerian Church,” the certified forensic auditor insisted monogamy was the original plan of God.
Polygamy, he stated, was introduced by Lamech, a development that amounted to deviation from divine counsel.
The cleric explained that God, through Jesus, restored monogamy as the standard requirement for marriage to foster fidelity, commitment, and godliness.
Looking at how the five blocs of CAN perceive marriage, he noted that only OAIC churches still have polygamists as leaders, a development he described as counter-productive.
He said: “There are still priests of the OAIC churches today that are polygamists, and this is well pronounced from the churches that operate all congregational priesthood. OAIC will never play prominent roles in CAN leadership because of the situation. It is sad that other blocs consider OAIC leaders as nominal Christians.”
He stated that polygamy has also eroded the respect due to OAIC in CAN, as well as hurt effective church administration and reduce spiritual concentration.
Akinadewo appealed to OAIC leaders to embrace monogamy for the bloc to regain its lost glories.
Sequel to the lecture, leaders of the bloc resolved never to allow polygamous members to hold leadership positions.
Akinadewo, whose lecture was well-received, was later elected unopposed as the National 1st Vice President of OAIC.
OAIC National President, Elder (Dr.) Napo Emuchay, said his administration would take steps that would promote the Kingdom and uniqueness of OAIC.
Applauding Akinadewo, Elder Emuchay said he had demonstrated his leadership acumen within and beyond the bloc, and as such, his experience would be vital to take OAIC to the desired prominence.