A 70-year-old pastor, Caleb Oluwafisibe, has pleaded with an Ojo Customary Court in Lagos to dissolve his 41-year-old marriage to his wife, Titilayo, because he was s*x starved.
He said, “Since I married my wife in June 1975, it’s been marriage and separation in two phases because any situation was determined by what I could offer. “We were living well until 1998 when things became tough.
"We separated from 1998 to 2006, when my church transferred me out to the East. My wife had a negative influence on my children as we had divergent views on their training. We always clashed.
He said that his wife refused him s*x from 2006 till date and that forced him to practice a life of celibacy, in order to keep his vows as a man of God.
“I even had a special prayer for my wife for three years to see if God would intervene in the difficult situation and change her personality," he said.
Pastor Oluwafisibe, therefore, pleaded with the court to separate their union, so he could move on.
The estranged wife, Titilayo, debunked the husband’s allegation, saying he was treating her without any tender consideration as a wife. “He calls himself a pastor yet he does not have regard for his family. He has really caused so much division among our children," she said.
The Court president, Mrs Veronica Willoughby, in her remark urged the pastor to reconsider his prayer of dissolution, as a man of God.
“As a pastor, you should seek peace and not separation. I will give you a second chance to go back and reconsider your intention. You have both failed in the training of your children by using them as a point of disagreement. Your children are your collective responsibilities," she said.
The case was adjourned till February 16, to give the couple some time to reconsider their intentions.