A Nigerian woman, Mrs Bibiana Linus Onyeulo, whose marriage to her husband Mr Linus Uzodinma Chibuzo Onyeulo, got annulled without her consent has cried out as her husband who began planning a wedding with another woman, got married again today.
The lady who reported the incident to the parish priest of All Saints Catholic Church, Avutu Obowu in Imo state and Catholic Bishop of Okigwe diocese, Most Rev. Dr Solomon A Amatu, was asked to get a copy of the annulment letter her husband obtained from the Vicar of Okigwe diocese, Rev. Fr. Michael Agbayi, by Rev. Amatu.
However while still trying to get the letter of annulment, her husband who planned a wedding in Lagos on October 20, 2018, got married to another woman at their home town on Sunday, October 14, in the Catholic Church. The couple was joined by the parish priest of All Saint’s Catholic Church, Avutu Obowu, Imo state.
When she reported the new development to the Bishop of Okigwe diocese, was also asked to get the letter of annulment which Vicar of Okigwe diocese refused to give her, until he gets a confirmation from the Bishop of Okigwe.
She however made a headway in her quest, as the Vicar who agreed to send the letter to the Bishop asked her to return on October 23, 2018. The Nigerian lady further wrote a letter to the parish priest of St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church Ladipo, Oshodi, Lagos State, stating that her husband shouldn’t be joined in holy matrimony to the lady as they’ve not ended their marriage properly.
Her letter read in part:
I simply request that my husband’s wedding should be stopped until I get to the root of his conspiracy and also get an appeal, along with a fair hearing from the bishop and judicial Vicar of Okigwe diocese because if this wedding continues, it means this would be his third wedding in catholic church (One to me the genuine wife and twice the second wife).
It was however gathered that the wedding went on today, Saturday, October 20, 2018 in spite of her letter. Speaking to newsmen, Mrs Bibiana Linus Onyeulo said;
It was quite surprising that the parish priest of All saints catholic church, avutu Obowu imo state, was same person whom i made complains to about all that was going on and my intention to call off my husband’s wedding in Lagos and on how he has conspired and annulled our wedding without my consent was the same Priest who united my husband’s wedding in my home town without my knowledge and even before the wedding date fixed in Lagos on the 20th Oct 2018.
I am also well informed that, Catholics don’t unite wedding on Sundays, but same All saints catholic church, avutu Obowu imo state, parish priest did. So how could this happen? How could this priest do such?
Even after all my efforts, the church still sent went ahead to celebrate this wedding in Lagos even after being informed of the conspiracy and wedding to same woman already done in the east being 14th of this month and also today 20th of this month in Catholic church.
The worst is that st John parish church priest named Fr Patrick Obayomi who verbally confirmed to us that the wedding will not hold at his parish here in Lagos because I raised issue on the bans of marriage, that all files was transferred to the east where my husband’s first wedding was held to the 2nd wife.
Why did this wedding still hold, does it mean that the church representatives are no longer honest?
What is happening to the Catholic church?