Dunamis International Gospel Center Senior Pastor Dr. Paul Enenche has reacted to the death of Gospel Music Minister Osinachi Nwachukwu.
The entertainer died on Friday and many of her colleagues had called out her husband for subjecting the deceased to domestic abuse.
The late Osinachi’s husband, Mr Peter, had since been arrested by Nigerian police.
Enenche, in a video released on Wednesday, explained how he ensured Osinachi received adequate medical care when she visited him with her husband to inform him of her medical condition.
Enenche added that he only heard of the late gospel star’s death when he traveled to Cameroon for a gospel crusade.
The cleric claimed in the video that he was initially unaware that Osinachi’s husband was beating her.
He said, “We are in the season that calls for sober reflection in light of the passing of our beloved sister, Osinachi Nwachukwu, who is an asset to the kingdom and a generational asset.
“In light of so much misinformation, so many misinterpretations of events, I have decided to come clean about what I know about the situation.
“More than two and a half or three months ago, she came to see me with her husband with complaints of chest pain, respiratory distress; I prayed for her and I prayed again.
“And when the symptoms didn’t subside, I advised that they go to the hospital to help us find out exactly what we were dealing with and they asked if I could help them facilitate that process.
“I called our medical team leader, Dr Ossai, a consultant pediatrician at Keffi Federal Medical Center, to help manage their situation and he called the FMC in Jabi. He called colleagues where they took care of them.
“On seeing her, they ordered an investigation and that included a CT scan; this was done and from what the doctors saw they felt there was a need for further investigation either at UniAbuja Teaching Hospital or National Hospital Abuja. I called the doctor, consultant pulmonologist at UniAbuja, Dr Akor Alexander, I explained the situation to him and he requested that they come and see him immediately and they went to Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital.
“After examining her there and seeing the situation, they felt that there was a need for a bios histologist of the lung tissue and they asked that she go to the national hospital and have it done. .
“I again called Dr Jubril who is Head of Pathology at National Hospital Abuja and reported the issue to him and to help us further investigate to find out exactly what happened.
“I’m calling names and places because people are available and alive, and they’re all verifiable. And then they continued management. Histology was done and from what I saw at At that time the image was much softer than the CT-Scan shown earlier and we felt very happy that at least there was relief.
“She called me daily, literally daily, and reported progress and I prayed with her. The time came when she didn’t need oxygen anymore, from what she told me one night and they checked her oxygen infusion and she was at 100% and we were very very excited about this progress. That was the point he was at before moving on to crusade in Cameroon. It was in Cameroon, the second night, that I learned of the unfortunate incident of his death.
The cleric added that he was unaware of any domestic violence until the death of the latest singer was made public.
Enenche said, “Now if there was domestic violence that led to or coincided with these symptoms that she came in with two and a half months ago, there’s no way I know. And if there had been perennial domestic violence, there was no way I would have known.
Enenche further said that the late singer pleaded with those who knew what she was going through not to reveal it, adding that her husband would change.
“The things we hear after she passed were very, very strange things to me. Then I started asking questions; I first asked the twin sister, do you know your sister has been through all She said yes she knew some of them but most of them she also heard from those she confided in. I asked her, if you knew, why didn’t we tell didn’t you let it be known? And the twin sister said, she always begged her, ‘please don’t tell the pastor, the man will change, please just pray for us .’ And it kept happening I asked the first son yesterday and the son told other stories and I said why didn’t you tell me because usually they will run to me after the service and I I’ll pray for them. And the young man said they couldn’t tell me because the father would always ask them after they left me, what did you tell the pastor and so forth.
“Other members of the choir who were aware of some of the things that were going on; I asked one of them when we visited the deceased’s house yesterday. What happened, why weren’t we aware of all these things? The same story, that she will always get down on her knees and ask them, ‘please don’t, just pray, we trust God to change.’
“The last thing that touched me so much was the music producer who came to see me in the office, to tell me about his own experience, how he witnessed the man slapping his wife in the music studio. And I said to him, you saw a man slapping a woman in your presence and you left the man alone? And he said that before he could answer the man, the women got down on their knees in tears, begged him not to do anything and leave him alone,” he said.
The cleric said just because people go to church does not make them good people.
He also said that no preacher can change a person.
He prayed for God to comfort Osinachi’s family and the church.
He added: “So we heard those stories and that’s all we learned after he passed away. As a person and as a church, everyone who knows us knows that we have zero tolerance for domestic violence.If you ever listen to any of our relationship messages, there is one principle, one policy and one rule that we have, and that is that it is better to be alive without marriage than to die from marriage.
“Now this kind of time is when people blame the church of all kinds and that’s typical because all that’s wrong is the church. I’ve seen people asking questions, Why should a woman abuser be a member of the church Or how can someone be so brutal when they are a member of the church It is not a question that people who know the Scriptures should ask.
“You know, Jesus Christ was followed by multitudes and for me, multitudes means multiple attitudes, people with multiple tendencies. In fact one of the people who followed Jesus Christ was a thief who also sold him to death, his name was Judas Iscariot.
“The question is, how could anyone follow Jesus Christ, as perfect as he was, and still be a thief and a murderer.
“That’s how it’s possible for anyone to be anything inside the church. Even the best preachers in the world can’t change a man who doesn’t want to be changed. In case you feel frustrated with anything and vent your frustration here and there, church is not your place to transfer aggression, we are ready to help.We want you to know that we love you, it is well with you, your loved ones. For the family of the deceased, we pray for strength and help and for the body of Christ in general, all is well with you in the name of Jesus.