Following claims by celebrity photographer, Busola Dakolo that the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) founder and senior pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo raped her when she was a teenager, there was an uproar which demanded that the preacher steps down even though he denied the rape allegations
However, following a Sunday peaceful protest across all branches of the church nationwide, Fatoyinbo eventually stepped down, reacting to the development the senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi urged Nigerians to pray for everyone, while the process to seek truth is ongoing, making him one of the few religious leaders that have publicly addressed the situation.
Biodun Fatoyinbo officially made the announcement via his Instagram page, reaffirming his innocence after denying it earlier.
“The past few days have been sobering for me. I have taken time to pray and seek spiritual counsel from Christian leaders around the world, who feel very concerned about the ongoing reports in the media. I have solicited their guidance on actions, I should take that are honouring to our Lord Jesus Christ and the work, he has called me to do.
“Drawing from their counsel and that of the leadership of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly and owing to my love for God’s word and sacred honour of my calling, I have decided to take a leave of absence from the pulpit of the church.”
Speaking via his Instagram page, Pastor Adeyemi said:
“My attention has been drawn to the allegations of rape made against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo by Mrs Busola Dakolo. These are, no doubt, serious allegations. Rape is a crime and I say a firm NO to rape.
”As Christians, it is only appropriate for us to seek for truth, justice, healing, and restoration for all involved. The Bible instructs us to do this with humility (Galatians 6:1) ”While these are still allegations, I emphatise with Mrs Dakolo and everyone that has been affected, and I pray God’s peace for them at this time. ”
While the allegations have been refuted, I hope there will be a process, legal or counseling, to establish the truth in these circumstances. ”Meanwhile, let us pray for peace and strength for everyone hurting in this process, for the families of the accusers and the accused, and the Church. #truth #justice #healing #restoration.”
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