Rape scandal: Biodun Fatoyinbo finally steps down as COZA pastor / Fatoyinbo and Busola

The Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, Monday morning bowed to public pressure following rape allegations against him, announcing his temporary break from pastoral activities at COZA.

The accused Christian minister made the announcement on Monday in a statement he posted on his Instagram account @biodunfatoyinbo.

Only yesterday, Fatoyinbo cancelled COZA’s upcoming week-long “Seven Days of Glory”  programme as placards-wielding protesters seeking his dismissal demonstrated at his church.

Fatoyinbo had hinted about his stepping down on Sunday during a sermon at the Abuja church, saying that church elders were looking into the allegations against him, and that their verdict will reflect “truth and justice to all.”

A video surfaced on Friday where celebrity photographer and wife of singer, Timi Dakolo,  Busola accused Fatoyinbo of raping her when she was a teenager. Mrs Dakolo detailed the events that led to the alleged rape, which she revealed happened twice in one week. The allegations caused an uproar on social media with some Nigerians calling on Fatoyinbo to respond.

Fatoyinbo however denied the allegations in an official response, stating that he did not rape anyone even as an unbeliever. While admitting that Busola Dakolo and her family “attended the church during the early start of the church in 1999”, the COZA founder said he “never had any private interactions with her beyond my pastoral duties”. 

“My lawyers have been briefed to commence criminal and civil actions against all individuals making such false allegations whether directly or by proxies,” the pastor added.

But with the calls for his resignation getting louder, Fatoyinbo capitulated as he posted the following on his Instagram handle on Monday,

“The past few days have been very sobering for me. I have taken time to pray and seek spiritual counsel from Christian leaders around the world who felt very concerned about the ongoing reports in the media.

“I have solicited their guidance on actions to take that will honour our Lord Jesus Christ and the work He has called me to do.

“Drawing from their counsel and that of the leadership of the COZA, and owing to my love for God and the sacred honour of calling. I have decided to take a leave of absence from the pulpit of the church.

“Although, it will break my heart to tatters, to stay a day without doing ministry I believed. But it is the right thing to do at this time. It is in the interest of the flock of Christ that issues concerning me do not become a distraction to their worship of their Lord.

“This step enables me to submit to the concerns of my spiritual mentors as they consider all the issues that have been raised against me. My confidence in Lord remains unwavering.

“Though, I do not understand all that is happening, I trust the Lord to lead and guide me one step at a time. Kindly pray for me and the congregation of COZA as we seek the face of God during these turbulent times.”

 


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