The embattled Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, has succumbed to the pressure mounted against him to step down as the leader of the church he founded.
Mr. Fatoyinbo on in a statement on his instagram page wrote on Monday, he would be taken a leave of absence from the “pulpit of the church”
The pastor’s decision came amid public outcry which called on him to step down and address the rape allegations levelled against him by Busola, wife of popular singer, Timi Dakolo, on Friday.
Mrs Dakolo, who was a member of COZA, in an interview, granted YNaija said that Mr Fatoyinbo raped her when she was 16 in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The pastor however denied the allegation and threatened to institute a legal suit. His wife Omodele, also defended her husband, saying, the pastor would never rape, even as an unbeliever.
Mrs Dakolo’s revelation sprang up condemnation from the public especially ion social media, thus led to marching of protesters at the church’s headquarters in Abuja and Lagos simultaneously.
However, no one knows how long the leave absence would take, but according to him, the decision was taken after prayer and seeking guidance from “Christian leaders around the world who feel very concerned about the ongoing report in the media”
He wrote, “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.
”Though I do not understand all that is happening, I trust the Lord to guide and lead me one step at a time. Kindly pray for me and the congregation as we seek the face of the lord at these turbulent times.”
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