Saturday, February 10, 2018

Nigerian Pentecostal pastor's marriage is dissolved because his wife invoked curses on him

Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife...
...He must manage his own family well...
I Timothy 3:2a, 4a

Unfortunately, there seems to be a never-ending supply of news items involving scandal, superstition, and charismaniac nonsense in what passes for Christianity in Nigeria, which makes me wonder how many "Christians" in that country are, in fact, Christians. As reported by Nsikak Nseyen of the Lagos Daily Post, January 29, 2018:

The Igando Customary Court, Lagos, has dissolved the marriage of a Pentecostal Pastor, Bernard Towoju and his wife, Abosede, over the wife’s alleged use of her private part to invoke curses on the husband.

The 53-year-old pastor, in a divorce petition told the court that “I cannot continue to make love with a woman who always goes naked and swears for me with her private part”.

“She once came to my office to fight me and tore my clothes in the presence of my colleagues. We fight on daily basis and hurt each other a lot.

“We always land in the police station after our fight, in fact, we are regular customers at the station,’’ he said.

The petitioner accused his wife of threatening his life, adding that his wife always hit him with dangerous weapons whenever they quarreled.

“I had to run away from the house I built 10 years ago to rent an apartment for safety.

“She chased me with cutlass, bottles and sticks; our neighbours can testify to that.

“I am afraid, I cannot sleep under the same roof with her with my two eyes closed,” he said.

He begged the court to dissolve the marriage, that the love he once had for her had faded and he could no longer tolerate her ill-nature and troubles.

The respondent, Abosede, a fashion designer, accused her husband of calling her a witch.

“He said everywhere he went for solution to his problems, they always tell him that I am behind his predicament.

“My hands are clean; I know nothing about his woes.

“Towoju abandoned me and the children 10 years ago, I have been taking care of the children,” the 46-year-old woman added.

The mother of four urged the court not to grant her husband’s request for the dissolution of the marriage, saying “I still love him”.

In his judgment, the court President, Mr Akin Akinniyi, said the petitioner was adamant despite all mediation from the court and family.

“Since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the wife still claims she loves her husband.

“The court pronounced the marriage between Pastor Bernard Towoju and Mrs Abosede Towoju dissolved today, both parties henceforth ceased to be husband and wife.

“Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrances and molestation,” Akinniyi ruled.

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