There has been increased cases of sexual harassment in the Nigerian society with female folks at the receiving end. This act continues to be covertly perpetrated by highly-placed and respected individuals in the society under different covers making cases unbelievable on exposure.
A case in reference is on a young lady who opened up on an ordeal in the hands of a pastor serving under the Omega Fire Ministries of the popular Apostle Johnson Suleman in the Auchi area of Edo State who constantly harassed her in the year 2013 as she battled with an undisclosed perceived spiritual problem.
The message below was posted publicly on her Facebook page with the identity of the culprit hidden for security purposes:
In 2013 my mum told me i needed deliverance because i refused to act like a “christian” she took me to a pastor of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) he said i will do a retreat with him for one month so i went back home to pack my stuff.
This man would always enter my room without knocking. His hands would linger around my breasts when he hugs me…i was uncomfortable but i tried to bring my “mind out of the gutter”.
We used to have night prayers and he would prolong the prayers till his heavily pregnant wife got tired and he’ll encourage her to go to bed and rest…once she leaves he starts to tell me how much he loves me and how i don’t need deliverance because there is nothing wrong with me, and how i am a nice girl who her parents misunderstood.
I was not all that surprised and i tried to take advantage of the situation. I would miss prayers or evening service because i knew he wont do anything about it. But then his wife started to notice that i had too much freedom and what surprised me was that he did not seem to care…he would try to kiss me when his wife was just one room away…he would wink at me when her back was turned…he would hold my hand at the back seat of the car when we are returning from night vigil. He was like a love struck teenager.
I began to avoid him and it made him more desperate…one time he asked if i was avoiding him and I made him know i did not like what he was doing and he told me if i want his P.A could arrange for us to have a quiet time somewhere…
I had to tell the Assistant pastor all that was going on. I still recall the tears and the look of unbelief on his face that night. The assistant did nothing about it…but advised me to pack my stuff and leave before things get out of hand. But i couldn’t leave because the “retreat” was not over.
One night at the night vigil at OFM headquarters in Auchi i went to confide in a friend…and my father’s driver overhead everything and he told my dad once we returned to Abuja.
The sad part about it all was that my parents called the pastor and his wife to ask them…instead of me. And they heaped it all on me. They said i have been misbehaving because i am tired of the “retreat” and i sleep during prayers, i don’t go to the evening services and i have come up with accusations because i want to go.
The good thing was that i moved back home.
Till today i wonder what sort of brains the pastor’s wife had in her head.
Below is a snap shot of the girl’s post on Facebook; God help us all.