After days of keeping sealed lips, the founding
Pastor of Christ Embassy Church, Pastor Chris
Oyakhilome, has finally broken his silence.
Although he is not denying that his estranged
wife, Anita, has dragged him to court, seeking
divorce, he has however threatened legal action
against journalists.
Reacting to the saga, Pastor Chris’ lawyer warned
that:
“The attention of our client, Rev. Chris
Oyakhilome, and the church has been drawn to
the wave of false, malicious and fabricated stories
being published in the print and electronic media
about his person, the church and a matrimonial
cause between him and his wife.”
Sharply criticizing the recent coverage of the
divorce proceedings, which the statement did
not refute, the release claimed that publishers
went so far as to fabricate claims that he had
committed adultery against his wife, Anita. These
contradict her claims that the leader of Christ
Embassy Church had indeed been unfaithful
during their “terribly degenerated” marriage,
something she disclosed through her counsel.
According to Sahara Reporters, Pastor Chris
spoke through his lawyer, Mr. Kemi Pinheiro
(SAN). He said the accusations of adul-tery is a
“false and malicious” attack against him and
Christ Embassy church.
Characterizing the media’s coverage of his wife’s
efforts to divorce him as “complete distortion of
the facts in the pending proceedings in the
United Kingdom”, the statement cited the
coverage as “selfishly motivated” for political and
financial advantage.
Oyakhilome’s counsel further said the media’s
coverage was engineered to bring him and the
church shame and ridicule, though his wife was
the person who aired the allegations against him.
The statement acknowledged freedom of the
press, but quite contradictorily cautioned that
further action will be taken to safeguard the
image of the church and the pastor if coverage
continued.
“Be warned therefore that unless the concerned
media houses desist from further publishing
words and stories which are false and damaging
of our client’s reputation and the church, we
shall, without further recourse to the concerned
publishers, promptly embark on appropriate legal
machinery with a view to protecting our client’s
reputation and that of the church,” Pastor Chris’
lawyer stressed.

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