For the umpteenth time, Rev. Chris Okotie, Senior Pastor of the Household of God Church, Lagos, has been mentioned in bad light regarding failed marriages. This time, actor Emeka Ike, whose wife Suzanne sued him to court over wife battering, has accused Okotie, of pushing his wife to leave him for good.
Ike alleged Thursday that Okotie paid his wife’s divorce lawyer, a senior advocate of Nigeria, N500,000 to end their marriage in court. But Okotie says it is all rubbish.
According to Ike, instead of Okotie mending fences, he was encouraging Suzanne who now attends Okotie’s church to quit her marriage to him.
Ike’s argument is: “If, as a pastor, your church member is having issues with her husband, and you fail to do anything to resolve it, what kind of pastor are you? When I called him, he refused to pick my call. He also failed to react to a text message I sent to him. Is that a man of God?
“Even, if you have a police case, they will make an effort to hear from you before taking a position, not to talk of the church. I want the whole world to know because there is a lot of misinformation out there. The lawyer which Okotie hired for my wife is also frustrating every attempt I make to resolve the matter peacefully.”
Okotie’s media consultant, Ladi Ayodeji, who spoke to Punch, described Ike’s allegations as baseless. He said: “There is nothing to what (Ike) is saying. It is total rubbish. Why will (Pastor Okotie) be interested in his domestic issue? Will he say he wants to marry the woman?
“Why is it that each time any of them has any issue, they always want to bring Okotie into it? Responding to (Ike’s) outburst will only make the guy feel important. The pastor can’t dignify him with any (response).”
HAMILTONSTYLE believes that not responding properly on the issue is a poor mistake on Okotie’s part. Many church people deal with divorce on a rather frequent basis in this country, but the warring spouses don’t all drag their pastors shamelessly into like it is in this case.
So why Okotie who has had two failed marriages and has also been romantically linked to women in his church?
Already, Suzanne’s divorce proceedings have snowed Ike under, with the magistrate giving him a short time to file his defence or show reason why the marriage shouldn’t be dissolved. It could well be that Ike is foolishly clutching at straws like a drowning man by falsely accusing Okotie.
But the least Okotie or his spokesman Ayodeji should do is to deny or explain why he gave Suzanne money to fund her ongoing divorce case (because no pastor or church should do that) as well as show evidence of how he tried to counsel both husband and wife against divorce, as expected of him by the same bible he preaches.
If the divorce goes through, Suzanne would be lumped with four lovely children. Without prejudice to the court or second guessing the magistrate’s decision, HAMILTONSTYLE believes that Ike would fare better by proving himself responsible if he submitted to the court evidence of paying his children’s school fees regularly plus an affidavit that he has never nor would ever beat and batter his wife.
Accusing Okotie rather than prove himself in court is a futile effort that Ike must stop. Okotie can’t be taking Panadol for Ike’s headache as it were, even though we urge the reverend gentleman to be more circumspect in matters like this one.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]