Enoch Adeboye, the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has stirred argument on Twitter over comments made while celebrating his wife’s 72nd birthday.

In a flurry of tweets on Monday, the 77-year-old cleric showered Foluke with accolades while also speaking on how submissive she is to him, despite being a powerful woman.

Adeboye also urged young married women to be compliant to their husbands, adding that his wife still cooks for him even in the midst of her busy schedules.

He added that no matter how successful a woman is, she must still submit to the man because, according to the Bible, the man is still the head of the house.

“Today is my wife’s birthday and there are lessons that women, especially so many young brides can learn from her. She is a powerful woman, I know that,” he wrote.

“She has many people who take instructions from her, but as powerful as she is, and even though she has seen me in my weakest moments, I have no doubt that I am her head.

“It does not matter what is on her itinerary if I say I would like you to go with me to so and so place the best she can do is try to convince me otherwise. If I insist, she would cancel whatever she was to do and come along with me.

“The husband is the head of the wife. No matter how educated or successful you are, your husband is your head and you must regard him as such at all times. It is a terrible thing for a husband to feel his wife is his head. Many men are misbehaving in their marriages simply because they want to establish that they are the head of their wives.”

His tweets have since given rise to dispute on Twitter. While a number of users took to the social media platform to accuse the cleric of promoting “patriarchy”, others came to his defence.

“Pastor Adeboye scoring a 40 yard screamer for patriarchy,” a user wrote.

Another user wrote: “Pastor Adeboye isn’t the cause of y’all misfortune. How he chooses to celebrate his wife shouldn’t be your headache. Most of you your father doesn’t remember your mum’s birthday. Men that can’t even tell their wives Good morning, instead they wake her up with “You don warm soup?”

“Pastor Adeboye should have just said “happy birthday flesh of my flesh” and keep it moving. Now we know he can’t do basic things like feed himself and trim his nails,” a user added.

Here is what some Nigerians had to say:



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