The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has sparked a social media outrage over a birthday eulogy to his wife.
Adeboye had in a message shared via Twitter, praised his wife Pastor Foluke Adeboye aka Mummy G.O., for her many sacrifices in their marriage.
In the tribute which was also included in the daily devotional, ‘Open Heavens’, Adeboye described his wife as the embodiment of the virtuous woman as described in the biblical book of Proverbs Chapter 31.
Adeboye, who has been married for over 50 years, said his wife still cooks for him and is submissive.
He said many husbands of today misbehave because their wives fail to show them the respect that they deserve.
The pastor wrote, “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 the husband to feel that his wife is his head. Many men are misbehaving in their marriage because they want to establish that they are the head of their wives.
“Also, my wife is my number one fan. She wrote in the book Mathematics of marriage- which we co-authored, that as my helpmate she knows she cannot help me without my instructions, so when they come, her response is ‘Yes sir’.
“Busy as she is, she still cooks my meals and serves me herself. Many young ladies these days leave everything to the house help. My wife still trims my nails for me.”
The message swayed camps, into two as several feminists on social media marched an attack towards the cleric for promoting patriarchy and male chauvinism.
@benxta_ also tweeted, “I can’t believe Adeboye really sat down and found a way to make his wife’s birthday about himself and his power over her.
A simple ‘happy birthday, my love,’ will do next time please.”@ehssayy stated, “No one turned it into a gender war.
It’s your wife’s birthday and yes I know the woman has chosen her path in marriage, but if that’s how you praise someone you’re in love with and is supposed to be your wife then it’s just sad.”
However, thousands of Tweeps came out in support of Adeboye.
A tweep, Dipo Awojide, wrote, “Listen to Pastor Adeboye when he speaks. The man is old, wise, and experienced.
You might not agree with everything he says, but his messages are usually filed with wisdom for those who pay attention.”
@Tifeofficial tweeted, “Normally, women are supposed to be submissive to their husbands.
Pastor Adeboye was just stating facts and appreciating his wife for being submissive, so it’s stupid to insult him when he was just being right.
Plus: if he was a terrible husband, the submission would have been hard for her.”