Celestial Church Of Christ, Worldwide, under the leadership of His Eminence, Pastor Mobiyina Oshoffa, has issued an official statement condemning the dastardly act of one of its members, Prophet Francis Taiwo, who chained and tortured his 9-year-old son.
A statement made available by the Church on Wednesday and signed by Superior Evangelist (Prof) Bola A. Akinterinwa, Secretary, BOT, CCC Worldwide, said the Church’s Spiritual Head, Pastor Oshoffa and the Board of Trustees are saddened by the incident.
Prophet Francis Taiwo had chained his son and starved him of food for months, after the boy was accused of habitual stealing.
The 9-year old boy was eventually rescued by men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps within the church premises a few days ago.
Taiwo, Shepherd in Charge, CCC, Key of Joy Parish, Ajiwo at Ajibawo in Ado Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State, has since been arrested by the police with the help of his church members.
Reacting, the CCC statement noted that, “the report has drawn the ire of the public and our great church has been receiving undeserved flaks therefrom”.
“We are therefore compelled to issue this statement to correct whatever misconceptions that might have been created about the church, in the minds of the general public, by this shameful and totally unacceptable incident.
“Let it be known that the Celestial Church of Christ does not condone child abuse and violence of any form. We recognise and place a high value on our youths and children as we do acknowledge them as the salt of the earth and a vital part of the future of any given stratum of society, organisation, church or nation.
“Our belief is that children therefore must be raised in an atmosphere of love, Christian values and reasonable and acceptable parental discipline. The fact that the said Prophet Francis Taiwo was arrested by the Police with the help of his church members lends credence to the fact that our church abhors child abuse, domestic violence and inhumanity of any form.
“We commend the NSCDC and the Nigerian Police for a job promptly well done, and wish to assure the general public that the Celestial Church of Christ is already taking a further look into the matter.
“The Celestial Church of Christ avails itself of this opportunity to thank the general public for its concerns. May the good Lord be with you all, Amen.”