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By Michael West
August 20, 2021
In what looks like an adultery scandal, the news went viral a couple of weeks ago about one Pastor Moses Adeeyo, General Overseer of Word Bank Assembly, Eneka, Obio/Akpor local council area of Rivers State, who was alleged to have “snatched” one Tina, from her husband who is a member of the church. The matter was made public by the aggrieved former husband of Tina, Bright Ben, through his Facebook account.
Interested and concerned parties in the case have been speaking except the accused clergy who is yet to respond to the allegation. Bright alleged that the Pastor, who had been settling disputes between him and his wife, harboured his wife for months until August 8, 2021 when he saw their wedding photographs social media.
Bright also claimed that he had no quarrel with Tina before she absconded from their home. He then cried foul for losing his wife to his reverred pastor. “It is true life story. My pastor married my wife. I have been married to Mrs. Tina Bright for over 12 years with two kids, a girl and a boy,” he stated.
Tina, her mother, Mrs. Christiana Everest, and younger sister, Elizabeth Okonkwo, were unanimous in debunking Bright’s allegation that Tina absconded from home, saying Pastor Adeeyo did not snatch his wife. In their separate statements, they alleged abuse and domestic violence all through the years the marriage lasted. Tina claimed that, for her, the marriage had been years in captivity, huge debts, fighting, threats to her life, neglect, hunger and maltreatments.
Tina went ahead to exonerate her new husband, Pastor Adeeyo, from Bright’s allegation of snatching her from him. She said she left Bright November 28, 2020 and not a recent happening as Bright was making the public to believe. While her mom claimed that Bright was not lawfully married to her daughter because he didn’t pay her bride price, Tina insisted that while she stayed outside Bright’s home, Pastor Adeeyo was not in the picture at all. But when and how she met and agreed to marry her pastor is still shrouded in mystery though her family stoutly supported her new marriage as evidenced in their presence at the wedding ceremony and according to their statements in the media.
Meanwhile, Adeeyo’s son, has come out to say his dad is still legally married to his mom as they are yet to divorce. But what is glaring is that Adeeyo and his first wife are separated. Still, in all of these, the main player, Adeeyo is yet to speak on the matter.
In view of the issues presented, is the Pastor guilty of adultery or he’s wrong to have engaged in unbecoming attitude of a pastor?
Had Adeeyo not been a Christian let alone a Pastor, it would have been a different matter. From the statement of Bright himself, it is obvious that the marriage was turbulent and abusive. For Tina to run for her dear life is in order. Traditionally, since he’s yet to pay the bride price, despite going to the registry, the marriage is illegal and non-existent. That Adeeyo is yet to divorce his first wife before solemnising another one makes him liable to bigamy which is an offence in Nigeria. Being a pastor to the estranged couple, it is morally wrong for him to marry Tina no matter how much he loves her. The Bible insists that men of God must be blameless (1 Timothy 3: 2). On account of that, Pastor Adeeyo’s marriage to Tina is not right as it has violated moral and ethical tenets of his calling as a servant of God.
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