Popular preacher and marriage counsellor, Pastor Funke Felix-Adejumo, has advised people in abusive relationships to leave.
She spoke in a live session on Instagram in reaction to the death of popular gospel musician, Osinachi Nwachukwu.
It was reported that Nwachukwu died of throat cancer and had been on life support for about two months.
However, her husband, Peter Nwachukwu, has been arrested on grounds of suspected culpable homicide and an investigation into the matter is ongoing.
Unconfirmed reports claimed that late Osinachi was placed on life support after her husband kicked her on her chest during a recent attack on her.
Reacting to the news surrounding Osinachi’s death, Pastor Felix-Adejumo said: “Woman you are not inferior to anybody.
“Don’t think that marriage is all that makes you.
“Please understand that you are important with or without marriage.
“Don’t die in any abusive relationship.”
Felix-Adejumo also called on those who have spiritual authority over people to stop telling them to stay in abusive relationships.
She said: “I am not a pastor but a pastor’s wife.
“I’ve been a pastor’s wife for 33 years.
“I want to say this to those of you that are privileged to have spiritual authority over people: please stop telling them to stay in abusive relationships and be praying.”
“If they were your blood relatives, would you tell them to stay there?
“How can you as a pastor and someone tells you that ‘my husband is beating me, my wife has brought out a knife’ and you tell the person to stay there, we will be praying for you?
“God can never hear that kind of prayer.
“That is abuse of power.
“Submission is not subjugation, submission is not slavery.
“The fact that you are the head of a relationship does not mean that you should kill the body in the name of religion.”