20170526

24hours After Anointing Service Ambode Sacks Chaplain For "Disrespecting" His Wife

...priest, family thrown out of residenceThere is anger at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Lagos State, after the Presiding Chaplain, Venerable Femi Taiwo, was sacked by the Governing Council allegedly on the order of the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

He got the sack on Monday, May 15, without any query or official reason stated in the sack letter.

He was said to have been ordered out of his official quarters where he lived with his wife and two children within 24 hours of receiving the letter.

Despite pleadings from church leaders and other reputable elders in the church, the government was said to have insisted that the cleric must leave the church.

Some church members reportedly contributed money to buy gas cooker, and other household items for the family as they vacated the vicarage.

Investigations by Punch showed that Pastor Taiwo 'angered' the Governor’s wife, Bolanle Ambode, who had visited the chapel on Sunday, May 14, when the church held an anointing service.


The church is under the Lagos State Ministry of Home Affairs, while the Office of the Lagos State First Lady supervises church.

Church members were said to have filed out to receive anointing oil during the May 14 service without any preference given to Bolanle, who waited endlessly with her entourage.

She was said to have later moved to be anointed and moments later, stormed out of the church, as some of the women leaders ran after her.

Bolanle, who was reported to be visibly angry, allegedly shunned entreaties from the women, which included the wife of the presiding chaplain.

The cleric got the sack the following day. 

The directive to sack the Pastor because of the governor's wife waited on queue during anointing service was issued in a letter dated May 15, 2017, and signed by the Chairman, Governing Council of CCTL, Mr. Olugbenga Solomon. The letter also ordered the Assistant Chaplain, Very Rev. Ayo Oyadotun, to take over with immediate effect.

A church member, who witnessed the drama and begged not to be identified, said , “The church had declared seven-day fasting after we lost two prominent members.

“The Sunday service, which was declared as anointing service, was supposed to end the fasting.

“The First Lady, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, was present with her entourage. She comes to the church once in a while.

“When it was time to be anointed, the cleric asked people to come forward, adding that it was optional. Three people stood at the stage to anoint people. They included the chaplain, the presiding chaplain and one other person.

“People started stepping out one after another. The governor’s wife, after some time, also stepped out and was anointed.”

The source said within a few minutes of taking the oil, Bolanle, who felt disrespected, stepped out with her entourage.

Another member of the church said, “As she stepped out, it was obvious that she was angry. The president of the women’s fellowship and the pastor’s wife ran after her. She shunned them, entered her car and zoomed off.

“When we came to the church on Tuesday, we heard that Venerable Taiwo had been sacked. We were told that he was sacked because the the governor’s wife didn’t get the anointing oil first and she felt disrespected.

“The man that signed the letter is also a civil servant,” the source said.

The governing council is said to be made up of members of the church and some appointees of the government.

It was learnt that Taiwo still had two years to spend as the presiding chaplain when he was fired.

The source said some church members quickly bought household items for his family as they vacated the church premises on Thursday.

He said, “The children went to school on Thursday without knowing that they would not be staying in the vicarage that evening. Church members bought bed and other household items for them because they did not have their own property.

“The members said their pastor did not offend them, and protested the sacking. The governing council members, however, said they should forget it because whatever came from Alausa was final. Most of the church members are civil servants who can’t talk too much.”

President Obama, his wife and children attended church service as US first family without any special treatment. They usually sit in available seats, no front seat or special treatment.

27 comments:

  1. God sees all things and knows all things. In the sight of God all men are equal.

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  2. If this is true, then i fear for Ambode

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  3. I believe we are equal before God
    No need to sack priest over preference in church. I don't much about church setting though

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  4. Oladimeji S.26 May, 2017 09:49

    This should not come as a surprise, it is very common among African leaders, showing of ego, proving that you are something.always expecting special treatment in all things, na waa o.if you sack him and God did not sack him what next?

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  5. Let God be the Judge; if truly the clergy serves a living God and He was sacked because He didn't patronise the woman. God will surely Humiliate Her in a thousand fold but if that is not the true story sorry for the man. The early pastors caused all the mess we see in churches today when the beginning to have special chair for special people. We are yet to see ooooo.

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  6. Does she think God is man?
    Everyone is equal before the Lord whether in high or Iowa places.
    She is lucky we are under grace, if it were under the law she could be struck dead inside the church instantly. Let her repent of sins perhaps God will forgive her.
    God is no respectant of any person. Be warned!

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  7. It quite unfortunate that people change and become what they said they will never be, pastor leave with dignity, your reward is in heaven
    #Believe

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  8. i am dissapointed in ambode and his wife..may God forgive her for her foolishness..trying to play God in the house of God..some people have lost their sanity

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  9. I am disappointed with Ambode

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  10. Something is wrong with us black people

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  11. If that is the reason for sacking the man if God, then it is sad. Those who have power must alwsys remember that power is transient. What is special about her gettingthe anointing oil first. She still needs to purge the old man in her.

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  12. Grace Boniface26 May, 2017 13:08

    What rubbish. House of God is not her office.. In God's presence we are all equal.

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  13. Its on fair for a man to sack a man of God from his duty post giving to him by God.if u are not recognise by man,God already recognice n knows u.pls do what is ryt so dat God will not pour his anger on d entire family of d governor,thank u.

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  14. Just killingd Church! What nonsense??? Mtchw..God have mercy if this is true

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  15. I BELIEVE THIS ISM NOT TRUTH, IT MUST BE FALLACY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER;
    EXCEPT THE SERVICE IS OFFICIAL WHERE PROTOCOL MUST BE OBSERVED BEING GOVERNMENT CHURCH BUT IF IT IS USUAL SERVICE AND NO LAY DOWN PRINCIPLE OF SUCH AS PART OF THE SERVICE ORDER APPROVED BY THE PULPIT COMMITTEE, THEN THE CHURCH NEED TO RE-EXAMINE THOSE ISSUES THAT FORM THE CHURCH

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  16. In The Eyes Of God We Are All Equal

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  17. Osuagwu Kingsley26 May, 2017 15:41

    Enter your comment...What a world, Hmmmm! Don't worry in heaven make sure that your wife will be the first person to receive the anointing oil..

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  18. The governor's wife is a leader and her decisions was not bad but to teach him a lesson on how to show respect. The chaplain priest should have shown respect by anointing her first since it was state government that pilot the affairs of the chaplain.

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    1. You baffled me by saying she is a leader,leader my foot.
      When the anger of the Lord descend on her immediate or distant family members you will blame others for her stupidity.
      Does she think God is man?
      Fashola's wife was there for 8years and attended state functions in the church without being attended to first.
      Let her humble herself or else destruction is looming.

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  19. Pride goes before destruction. Watch ur back woman

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  20. Power intoxication..

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  21. Does gov ambode's wife serve the true living God?. ...Mummy governor those whom belittled & classified as ordinary citizens in the church voted you & your household into power not jagaban. Please respect God that is above all other gods and learn to forgive.

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  22. I neither blame the governor nor the wife nor the governing council members!? The person that takes over the position should be blamed cos such position should be refused by all that is supposed to be there to serve as a message to the so called I can do whatever I like VIPs.

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