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FACTCHECK: Did Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor divorce his wife over infidelity?

There has been speculation that the 25-year-old marriage between the founder of the Word of Life Bible Church and former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and his wife Helen has packed up over allegations of infidelity.

It was reported that Helen whom the former CAN President married in 1997 after the death of his wife Stella, moved out of the matrimonial home and relocated to the United Kingdom.

A top source close to the family confirmed to PM News that Oritsejafor had truly parted ways with Helen over a protracted disagreement.

How True is this Claim?

A Facebook user @nwunyeegombute1 had published the report on Sunday and wrote: “Ex CAN president Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor divorces wife after 25 years of marriage over infidelity. What is going on? Why?”

But in a statement released on Monday, Mrs Helen described the report as fake, malicious and the handiworks of “the devil and his agents” to dent her character and good works, reiterating that she remains married to her husband.

“I am a wife, a mother and a woman of God, and I uphold the tenets of my Christian faith and marriage. My family and home is the most important part of my life.

“I therefore appeal to everyone to put our interest and that of our lovely kids, above the need to profit from this baseless endeavor. My Husband and I are not divorced, unless people get divorced on social media and I have never been unfaithful to my husband, whom I love very dearly.

“Over the years, I have committed my time and resources towards reaching out to the needy, providing support to widows and giving scholarships to orphans. I have also taught and mentored a lot of young women on the principles of building and living happily with their spouses through my various platforms both on and offline. I cannot go against my own beliefs,” she said.

She noted that the baseless rumour was not only malicious but punishable under the law of the land and that she had briefed her lawyers and all necessary legal actions were being taken to seek redress.

Wife of the Word of Life Founder further urged the public to give her family the privacy it needs and disregard cheap attempts to dent her image.

The former CAN President is, however, yet to respond to the allegation.

Verdict: The report accusing the wife of the Founder of the Word of Life Church of infidelity which allegedly resulted in the crash of their 25-year-old marriage is unfounded and should therefore be disregarded by the public.

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