9th November, 2010
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian ChurchÂ of God, RCCG, has denied cursing Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, the founder and GeneralÂ Overseer of Trinity House.
Adeboye said some people were saying he cursed Ituah for leaving RCCG to establishÂ his own church.
â€œI donâ€™t curse people, my duty is to bless.â€
Adeboye who is noted for his silence over any issue, made it clear to mischiefÂ makers that Ituah is his son and will remain his son and thereby â€œwarns troubleÂ makers to mind their businesses.â€
Ighodalo, who was a pastor in charge of Christ Church, one of the most flourishingÂ parishes of RCCG, situated at Gbagada, a suburb of Lagos, was relieved of hisÂ pastoral duty over his decision to marry former Miss Lux, Ibidun Ajayi in 2007.
The church took the decision to suspend him because it believes Ighodaloâ€™s actionÂ will send a wrong signal to others if the church had been silent over it.
Adeboye said when what happen happened in apparent reference to the suspension ofÂ Ighodalo from RCCG, he said the church rules needed to be followed to the letter, soÂ when he decided to leave, he cannot be stopped.
Ighodalo had earlier married Lucy-Ann Summer, who is a chartered accountant like himÂ but the marriage hit the rock as a result of the refusal of Lucy-Ann to follow ItuahÂ to Nigeria when the latter decided to permanently relocate to Nigeria.
Having waited for almost ten years to see if the wife of his youth would change herÂ mind and join him in his ministerial duty, Ituah brushed aside the BiblicalÂ injunction by marrying his latest wife.
However, the flashy pastor waited for almost one year before he succumbed to theÂ pressure from his admirers to float his own church last August.
Speaking during the inauguration of the church, Pastor Ighodalo said: â€œI thank myÂ G.. O., Pastor Adeboye who said to me â€˜Ituah, in spite of everything, I stillÂ believe in you.â€™ He is in full support of what we are doing here today. I have hisÂ full support.â€
Sources told P. M. NEWS that before Pastor Ighodalo started his church, he went toÂ the General Overseer to seek his blessing. It was equally gathered that Ituahâ€™sÂ mother is a close relation to the General Overseer of RCCG.
Adeboye had warned his Pastors during the last ministersâ€™ conference of the churchÂ held at Redemption Camp before the churchâ€™s annual convention last August that onlyÂ death can make any pastor of the church re-marry. He said, whosoever, wants toÂ divorce can do so if such minister is ready to relinquish all spiritual duties inÂ the church, adding that every member had a right to leave the church if such personÂ cannot abide by the rules and regulations of the church.
Pastor Adeboye has, however, promised to go to Trinity House, Ighodaloâ€™s church toÂ minister very soon.
â€” Femi Anjorin