Prophet’s Desperate Plea
The founder of Divine Prophetic Solutions Prayers Ministry, Prophet Theophilus Ayodeji Obayan, has turned to the legal system for help as he seeks the dissolution of his 23-year-old marriage.
His estranged wife, Prophetess Chibuzor Lilian Obayan, has remarried, and Obayan is determined to reclaim paternity of his four children.
Changing Surnames and Ministry Ownership
The Prophet revealed in court that Lilian had gone to the extent of changing their children’s surnames to match her new husband’s name, Prince Abua Obi.
This shocking revelation raised questions about the legality and ethics of the situation.
Forfeiture of Children Over Unpaid Bride Price
Obayan’s concern about his children’s fate if he doesn’t pay the bride price to Lilian’s family in Abia State adds another layer of complexity to the case.
He’s worried that his failure to fulfill this custom might lead to the forfeiture of his four children to his ex-wife, a matter of great distress for him.
Tumultuous Ministry History
The history of the church they co-founded adds more drama to the situation. After marrying Prince Abua Obi, Lilian proceeded to change not only their children’s surname but also the name of the church.
Divine Prophetic Solutions Prayers Ministry became Peace of Jerusalem Revival Ministry under her leadership, leaving Obayan in a state of shock and distress.
Cultural and Legal Perspectives
Lilian’s lawyer argues that Obayan lacked the five elements of customary marriage in Igbo land, suggesting that in Igbo culture, if the bride price has not been paid, the man is not considered the husband and father of his children.
The legal battle unfolds against the backdrop of cultural norms and legal intricacies.
A Complex Legal Battle
The case presents a complex legal battle involving marriage dissolution, child custody, changes in church ownership, and cultural traditions.
The outcome remains uncertain, and it reflects the challenges and complexities that can arise in personal and religious matters.Read More On The Topic On TDPel Media