Opinion: On Ese Walter, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and me

by Lekan McLawrence Adesina

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Her objective story that wasn’t fraught with the bias of  ‘love’, ‘attachment’ or ‘betrayal’ and the apparent ‘silence’ of the ‘accused’ makes one want to believe the story but it is a shaky stance to take based on a one-sided narration…

Hello…

I didn’t know I’d have to get into the thick of issues so quickly but that doesn’t matter…let’s get to it

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I was chatting late into the night yesterday with LadyMay, a great friend of mine in the UK and her BBM personal message was bordering on the supposed ‘resurrection’ of a certain Prophet Ajanaku. She expressed deep fears and hurt concerning the stories linking our ‘darling’ gospel act Tope Alabi with a supposed ‘man of God’ whose burial rites were supposedly carried out by Oro traditional priests…

I explained my indifference to the whole saga… However, I knew I wasn’t totally indifferent …

The next link I got sent me to the space between Earth and Elysium (seen the movie?)…yes, you already know right?…

[READ: How I was abused by Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA – Ese Walter, former church member]

If you haven’t read the story, please do so before you continue…

Since the spill of this story, many people have gone ‘coded’ in their reactions and stance on the story. Ese Walter has become a raving name either on the tongues and minds of those criticising her, commending her, cursing her, praying for her…or ignoring her; you definitely have to belong to a group…Gotchya!

A friend told me at the burst of this story…

“Africans always crave something to believe in…either true or false”.

I agree…

Was Ese Walter lying or saying the truth?. Whatever we choose to believe does not alter the truth or fallacy of her story. That she relayed the story from a confession point-of-view with an objective and practical layout (it was the story of her own experience not the stories of a counsellor) gives her a form of credence.

Laying it out bare and plain while holding back that ‘gleaming sword’ of a 58-minute recording…waiting for someone to make a move of denial just comes to me as an act of a lady who knows what she’s doing.

Her objective story that wasn’t fraught with the bias of ‘love’, ‘attachment’ or ‘betrayal’ and the apparent ‘silence’ of the ‘accused’ makes one want to believe the story but it is a shaky stance to take based on a one-sided narration…

This takes me back to the Tope Alabi saga. I found some peace in the fact that when the allegations popped up, she issued a denial – that was an individual.

This story is no longer just about Pastor Biodun but about the Commonwealth upon which he sits. I personally expect a response…in fact a denial!

Silence is consent

(in the parlance of lawyers?). If silence is consent then we probably have a problem as it would mean the story is true…

However on ‘another level of grace’ I am aware that silence is also the best answer for a fool…(Read your Bible for this level I’m talking about)

So the question is: Is Ese Walter a fool?…Or is someone’s atrocious bucket full?

No matter the stance you take on the story, its either you are seen as living in denial as Ese stated in her post that this is an issue ‘church folks’ would not want to believe or address…

Or you are seen as a judgemental person who hasn’t seen the flip side of the poster.

It hurts my brains to see that in such a short time, DPs of another ‘level of grace that you don’t understand’ are already trending on social media and BBM…and I do not believe this story just yet…I mean; has the ‘church’ gone that south?…I wonder if anyone is still wondering if the end-times are really here

Truth is as members of the body of Christ, we cannot be passive about this. (We can pray, yes and pray we will…and I hope PFN is making moves to redeem this situation)…

I have held back some thoughts of mine for to express them would not portray the love of Christ…I will not do that until I have contacted COZA for an official statement…(Na me be CNN abi?).

I remember the story of a prominent Pastor in Ibadan who openly admitted commiting adultery with a secretary or so…after his confession and repentance his ministry is very well back on track…are we going to have the same or this is the beginning of a media circus?

Ese did not mean to entertain anyone or show off writing skills and I can personally relate with the fact that you can’t be really free until you let it out, did Ese exhaust all her options?…did she consider what this would mean for her and the Church on the long run? Or was it a cabal too strong to tread the due process path with?…

Time will tell … and God will judge… meanwhile we are waiting for answers…. May God help us.

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Comments (3)

  1. In every rumour,there are traces of truth!! I share your opinion ma brother. Imagine! – “A new level of grace” mtcheeeew

  2. I love love the way you Ynaija folks write ur pieces….very intruiging, and with some humor!

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