August 11, 2021
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A group, Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF) has lashed out at the Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide also known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, over his recent comment on feminism, calling on the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria to caution him.

NFF Communications Officer, Comrade Angela Nkwo, described the clergyman’s position as gross misrepresentation which has provided for women to be silenced, ignored, and subjected to gender-based violence during an interview with DAILY POST on Wednesday.

She demanded immediate apology from the respected bishop, saying the Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF) has received with disappointment the comments allegedly made by respected cleric, Bishop David Oyedepo during his sermon at the Living Faith Church wherein he made biased and confusing comments concerning his views on women in general.

Her word,”Oyedepo’s unsubstantiated claims said if feminist revolution is your vision, don’t attempt to get married, because it won’t work, failed to accept or even understand that marriage involves two consenting adults, who have to agree to live together.”

“Bishop Oyedepo’s comments clearly justifies why women do not lead branches of the Living Faith Church even when eminently qualified, and this is condemnable as women form a large followership of his church.

You better don’t get married- Bishop Oyedepo tells feminists

“Feminism is not trouble, it is not madness, it is inclusiveness and equity, and the time to act is now. Include women in every space in Nigeria.

call to action.

“There are thousands of married people who do not even know the word feminism yet are living unhappy and unfulfilled lives simply because they married wrongly or are living with abusive partners.

“Bishop Oyedepo made it seem as though marriage is an achievement which it is clearly not, it is simply the decision of two consenting adults to live together and where not workable they go their separate ways.

“We need to ask the eminent cleric, did feminists and the coalitions cause the unproductivity of his Pastors, or the insecurity and high inflation that has enveloped the nation?

She further said,”Bishop Oyedepo who by his comments has displayed his misogynist tendencies, advocating those women seeking to be heard as misfits and as the causes of divorce.

“For the purposes of enlightenment, feminism is about demanding gender equity, justice and access to equal resources for everyone, which will benefit families, communities and the wider society as a whole.

“Nigerian women grapple with insecurity, sexual and gender-based violence, lack of access to quality healthcare and education, oppressive cultures, widowhood practices, wife inheritance, female genital mutilation, cultural beliefs that subdue women such as the land ownership, and being seen and not heard, and these must be stopped. And the time to act is now.”

A group, Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF) has lashed out at the Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide also known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, over his recent comment on feminism, calling on the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria to caution him.

NFF Communications Officer, Comrade Angela Nkwo, described the clergyman’s position as gross misrepresentation which has provided for women to be silenced, ignored, and subjected to gender-based violence during an interview with DAILY POST on Wednesday.

She demanded immediate apology from the respected bishop, saying the Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF) has received with disappointment the comments allegedly made by respected cleric, Bishop David Oyedepo during his sermon at the Living Faith Church wherein he made biased and confusing comments concerning his views on women in general.

Her word,”Oyedepo’s unsubstantiated claims said if feminist revolution is your vision, don’t attempt to get married, because it won’t work, failed to accept or even understand that marriage involves two consenting adults, who have to agree to live together.”

“Bishop Oyedepo’s comments clearly justifies why women do not lead branches of the Living Faith Church even when eminently qualified, and this is condemnable as women form a large followership of his church.

“Feminism is not trouble, it is not madness, it is inclusiveness and equity, and the time to act is now. Include women in every space in Nigeria.

call to action.

“There are thousands of married people who do not even know the word feminism yet are living unhappy and unfulfilled lives simply because they married wrongly or are living with abusive partners.

“Bishop Oyedepo made it seem as though marriage is an achievement which it is clearly not, it is simply the decision of two consenting adults to live together and where not workable they go their separate ways.

“We need to ask the eminent cleric, did feminists and the coalitions cause the unproductivity of his Pastors, or the insecurity and high inflation that has enveloped the nation?

She further said,”Bishop Oyedepo who by his comments has displayed his misogynist tendencies, advocating those women seeking to be heard as misfits and as the causes of divorce.

“For the purposes of enlightenment, feminism is about demanding gender equity, justice and access to equal resources for everyone, which will benefit families, communities and the wider society as a whole.

“Nigerian women grapple with insecurity, sexual and gender-based violence, lack of access to quality healthcare and education, oppressive cultures, widowhood practices, wife inheritance, female genital mutilation, cultural beliefs that subdue women such as the land ownership, and being seen and not heard, and these must be stopped. And the time to act is now.”

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