Ituah Ighodalo, the senior pastor of the Trinity House Church, says elders in his ministry suggested that he remarried after separating from Lucy-Ann Suinner, his first wife.
Ighodalo got married to Suinner in 1995. The marriage, however, hit the rock a few years later.
In 2007, he met Ibidun Ajayi, his late wife popularly known as Miss Lux.
Ighodalo, who was a pastor in charge of Christ Church, a parish of Enoch Adeboye’s RCCG, situated at Gbagada, Lagos, was relieved of his pastoral duty over his decision to marry Ibidun.
Ibidun, however, died of a heart attack in her sleep in June 2020, a few weeks before her 40th birthday.
In an interview with Chude Jideonwo, the media entrepreneur, Ighodalo said the church approved that he remarried after his split from Suinner.
He said church elders approached him, suggesting he got a wife to cope with the challenges of pastoring.
“In my own case of the divorce, marriage, and remarried, I followed all the principles of God and the mission. I didn’t marry outside the approved values of the church,” he said.
“In fact, they came to me and said, ‘your wife has left. You pastor a big church. How are you going to cope? You need a wife. The leaders of the church approached me. I didn’t go to them. People don’t know this.
“I had nobody in mind to marry. When they came. They said, ‘you are doing well. Your church is growing. Your wife has left. She refuses to come back. She has even remarried someone. She has children’.
“They said I couldn’t continue like this. I said, ‘but I thought the policy is that it’s not possible.’ They said, in this circumstance, we need to find what to do. I did what they asked of me and got their approval.”
In April last year, the cleric had said remarrying will be difficult. He added that he had already given “everything” to his late wife.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Ituah Ighodalo’s position on Suinner, his ex-wife, and Ibidun, his late wife.
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