The general overseer of the Calvary Bible Church, Olumide Emmanuel, has revealed why his first marriage collapsed.
In an interview with another pastor, Kingsley Okonkwo, Emmanuel said that he was subjected to chronic abuse from his first wife, the identity of whom he decided not to reveal.
“It was a combination of all kinds of things. As a young man, there were many things that I began to see,” he said.
“There were all kinds of things, including physical abuse, which we cannot discuss. I cannot go into details, but the abuse was heavy.
“But let me say this: if I did not get a slap, at a minimal count, in nine years of marriage, maybe six times.”
Emmanuel said despite enduring “years of abuse”, he still sought to mend their marriage.
The cleric disclosed that he returned home one day and found out that she had left.
He added that he eventually filed for divorce after seeking legal advice and involving family members.
“She abandoned the house. I got home one day, and she was gone,” he added.
“I called my lawyer and looked at the laws of Nigeria. I called family members and waited until everything was done and I was the one who filed for divorce.
“Before I filed for divorce, we had sessions with Dr Olukoya, Pastor Oyedepo and a lot of other people.”
With a ministry spanning 25 years, Emmanuel is also an author with works like ‘Love Is Not Enough’, ‘Why Are You Not Married?’, and ‘The New Rules Of Love’.
He is currently married to Adenike Emmanuel.