By Samuel Adegoke
The Supreme Council faction of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) has denied that a resolution of the decades-long crisis rocking the church has been finalised.
The faction, in a newspaper advertorial said that the claim by the head of the General Executive faction, Pastor Abraham Akinosun, in an interview with reporters in Ibadan that the only step remaining for the two factions was to set up an integration committee, was untrue.
The advertorial, which was signed by the faction’s Acting General Secretary, Pastor David Udofia, acknowledged that talks had been held on the need to end the crisis but that no concrete step has been taken by the General Executive faction despite the quick response and commitment of the Supreme Council faction.
“The attention of the Supreme Council of Christ Apostolic Church has been drawn to a news report in the Sunday Tribune Newspaper of 27th September 2020, where some statements were credited to Pastor Abraham Akinosun of the General Executive Council faction of the Church, that the crisis in the Church “has been finally resolved”, that “the entire CAC Worldwide is now one” and that the next step is to inaugurate an “integration committee.”
“I have been directed by the Supreme Council to debunk the entire news as false. At an emergency meeting of our Management Committee held on Friday 25th September 2020, Pastor S.O. Ogundare confirmed that though he has been engaged in personal discussions with Pastor Akinosun on the necessity to unite the Church, the discussions are yet to be concluded and no definite agreement has been reached.
“It would be recalled that at a meeting held at Anlugbua on 6thNovember 2019 between representatives of the General Executive Council and those of the Supreme Council, led by Pastor A. Akinosun and Pastor S.O. Ogundare respectively, parties had mutually agreed to commence peace discussions, and the Supreme Council was asked to write a letter suggesting how to kick start peace discussions. Although the letter was promptly written, the Supreme Council has been waiting for a response till date.
“The Supreme Council reiterates her genuine commitment to a resolution of the disgraceful 30-year old crisis in the Church. However, they would not succumb to blackmail, propaganda or any attempt at resolution through the backdoor. Without a doubt, CAC members worldwide are tired of crisis. Moreover, the end of the world is upon us and the Lord Jesus Christ expects His Ministers to provide crucial spiritual leadership at this time. All stakeholders should therefore jettison petty rivalry and mundane Church politics, and come to a roundtable in the spirit of humility, so that the Church may be one again and her end-time glory may shine brightly.
May God intervene and unite His Church! Amen,” Udofia said.