The Founder and Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly COZA,,Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo , Monday morning stepped down as the senior pastor of the church over alleged rape via Timi Dakolo’s wife, Busola.
He made this announcement through his official Instagram account. He said he arrived at this conclusion after praying and looking for “spiritual suggestions from the church leaders around the world.
He wrote: “The past few days have been very sobering on me I have taken time to are seeking spiritual tips shape Christian leaders round the world who sense very worried about the ongoing file 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 work and the sacred honour of my calling, I have decided to take a leave of absence from the pulpit of church.
“Although it would break my heart to tatters to stay a day without doing ministry, I believe 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 the 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 the Lord during these turbulent times.”
Pastor Fatoyinbo made the announcement days after the hashtag #PastorStepDown started trending on Twitter and Instagram after Busola Dakolo accused him of raping her twice when she was once a minor, and sparkling out of secondary school.
Meanwhile, CEO of Sapphire Scents, Wale Jana, who has been defending Pastor Fatoyinbo whilst calling out singer Timi Dakolo and spouse Busola Dakolo, was once rapid to react to Pastor Fatoyinbo’s statement.
Fatoyinbo had in the church service on Sunday announced the cancellation of the Seven Days of Glory.