You should not use your personal opinion to judge me, I have spiritual backing to my appearance - Jimmy Odukoya speaks on taking over his late father’s church 1

Jimmy Odukoya, the recently designated senior pastor of the Fountain of Life Church, has affirmed that his appearance is grounded in scriptural justification.

This comes in the context of the announcement of Jimmy assuming the role of lead pastor following the passing of his father, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, which sparked a debate on social media regarding his appearance, notably his dreadlocks and tattoos.

In response to the discussion, during an interview with BBC News Pidgin, Odukoya emphasized that his actions are supported by scriptural teachings.

“God has called me into this new season of my life. All my focus is on the church. This new position is a big responsibility. As for my dreads, most people don’t know I can back up everything I do with scripture.

“As a pastor, I can tell you that God told Samson in the Bible not to cut his hair, that means long hair is never a bad thing. If you also say the pastor is keeping a beard, I can tell you that the Bible says that when Jesus was tortured, they pulled hair from his face.

“If you say I am putting on earrings, I can tell you that when the children of Israel left Egypt and wanted to make a golden calf, they collected jewelry, earrings and rings from their sons and daughters.

“You should not use your personal opinion to judge me. A personal opinion is different from saying something is sinful. Anybody can do what they want.

“In 2009, I was ordained as a minister and became a pastor in 2012. I was the lead pastor of the youth church until 2021