Every child is born with a natural tendency to do evil but it is the responsibility of the child’s guardian to separate the wheat from the chaff’. Most times, especially in this part of the world, parents would often employ the services of a whip or physical punishment as a penalty for wrong-doing.
Although the weight of a punishment is usually equal to that of the offence committed, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Mr. Clifford Ojugo, decided to burn the buttocks of his teenage house help for lying, a punishment which far outweighs the little girl’s crime.
According to a Facebook user, Bello Anny Lawrence, Pastor Ojugo who is the resident pastor-in-charge Peace House Area of the church in the Idimu area of Lagos State, reportedly brutalised the girl who is an orphan and made her sit on a hot stove because she told a lie.
Reporting the occurrence on his wall, Lawrence wrote:
“SEE WHAT A PASTOR DID TO AN ORPHAN WHO LIVED WITH HIM AS A MAID..
“These Pastor By Name Clifford Ojugo of Reedeem Christian Church of God,Peace House Area Idimu, Lagos did this to an orphan who lived with him because she lied about a Minor Issue according to him..
“He lives in No 9 Babatope Babatope Close Igando..The Orphan who is now out of his house and is now accommodated by another Good Family Cries For Justice.. Pls Share until it gets to the General overseer. These Man does not deserve to pastor a church.”
Responding to the comment of one Mr. Wale Alabi, who doubted the veracity of the story, Lawrence revealed more information about the incident saying:
“The pastor in question was my landlord. I was there when this act happened..All Tenants in the house confronted him to know why d’s (this) inhuman act should be done to a child of 15 years.
“According to him, he sent her on an errand, she didn’t go and she lied he made it known to us that liein (lying) is wrong and he won’t have her influence his children so this is the best way to correct her.”
Is this punishment worth the offense?