Founder of Overcomers Church, Bishop Moses has addressed the Solomon Akiyesi's wedding scandal. Watch video above then see an updated statement from the church after the cut...
This is a follow up to our statement from Saturday, April 13, following
the disrupted wedding of Mr. Solomon Akiyesi to Ms. Uloma Agwu.
light of the media mayhem that has erupted with tabloids spinning their
own version of events, we find it necessary to make a final statement
on the matter and hope that listening ears and hearts will understand
the decisions we have made as a church.
Let’s start by addressing some of the rumours that have been perpetuated on several gossip blogs and tabloids.
Akiyesi is not a member of the Overcomers Church World Outreach. We
heard no word of an existing marriage to Mrs. Lilian Akiyesi.
have pointed out that perhaps the Overcomers Church failed to do its
due diligence in investigating Mr. Akiyesi thoroughly. We concede the
point and will ensure that our Marriage Committee is equipped with a
travel fund that will allow travel to visit with family members of
engaged couples and ensure both the prospective brides and grooms are in
fact who they say they are.
Ms. Uloma Agwu is a staunch member
of the Overcomers Church. We regret that she was deceived by Mr. Akiyesi
who lied, not only to her, but her family and Church as well. There is
however no dishonesty on her part. She was unaware that a Mrs. Akiyesi
Furthermore, Ms. Agwu is not pregnant, as published by tabloids. That is a vicious lie that we hope to clear up.
semblance of a wedding between her and Mr. Akiyesi took place at the
Overcomers Church on Saturday. No vows were said, no rings exchanged and
no marriage certificate handed out and the Church has NO INTENTION of
endorsing such a union.
We respect the sanctity of Marriage at
the Overcomers Church and will continue to uphold what is right and
virtuous about the institution of marriage.
We do not endorse
divorce and work instead to counsel troubled marriages and build
stronger unions. Those who know us, know that.
Which brings us to
the final misconception. The Overcomers Church does not fault Mrs.
Lilian Akiyesi’s right to put a stop to a marriage that is not
permissible in the eyes of the law and of God. As a matter of fact, we
thank her for doing so and saving our sister, Ms. Agwu, from what would
have been a disastrous union.
What we DO NOT endorse and will not
stand for as a church is a group of people bringing a fight into the
House of God. We will protect and defend our house of worship.
learned that Mrs Akiyesi had arranged for police personnel days before
the wedding and was already present at the Church hours before the
wedding ceremony started. The right thing here would have been to alert
church officials and present her case in a manner befitting a house of
The wedding would not have taken place, and Mr. Akiyesi
and his wife would have been sent along to sort out their lives
together; which is what we have done now.
We strongly disapprove
of the way Mrs. Akiyesi and her family and friends handled the matter.
It brought shame to this house of worship. We also strongly abhor the
actions Mr. Akiyesi, as well. His deception brought shame and disgrace,
not only to the house of God, but also to his wife and Ms. Uloma Agwu.
us state in no uncertain terms, the relationship between Ms. Agwu and
Mr. Akiyesi was dissolved yesterday afternoon after all the facts were
brought to light.
We stand by our decision to pray for Mr.
Akiyesi and Ms. Agwu following the ugly incident. No matter the
wrongdoing, we commit all things into the hands of God, the ultimate
judge. We will continue to support Ms. Agwu and pray for peace for all
parties involved. We pray that God reaches into every heart and brings
healing, so we can all move in our spiritual walk.
Thanks and have a blessed week!
Overcomers Church World Outreach