The Presidential candidate of the Alliance For New Nigeria (ANN), Fela Durotoye, has urged the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, to step down amid rape allegations.
Naija News reports that Busola Dakolo, the wife of popular musician, Timi Dakolo, had on Friday accused the COZA senior pastor of raping her 20 years ago.
The allegation caused a storm over the weekend with groups calling for the arrest of Fatoyinbo while some of his supporters have stayed by his side.
The COZA founder has, however, denied all the allegations levelled against him.
Reacting in a post on Instagram, Durotoye advised Pastor Fatoyinbo to step down while the investigation goes on.
Durotoye wrote, “I strongly believe that a thorough and independent investigation can only be in the best interest of everyone concerned as well as in the best interest of the body of Christ and the society at large.
“To be clear, I do not have any desire to be a judge nor do I have the competence to judge such an egregious case but I know this for sure … that serious allegations such as RAPE deserve to be fully investigated especially where the names of witnesses have been mentioned and their identities revealed in the story.”
“To this end, I call on all leaders in the body of Christ to speak up and demand a thorough investigation of these allegations immediately. With all due respect to all our ‘fathers and mothers of faith’, this is NOT a time to be silent. This is the time to speak up.
“Now, the scriptures (in Mathew 5:23) provide us with a guide for such a precarious time as this , “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and then remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift at the altar first go and be reconciled to them and then come back and offer your gift.”
“Without a doubt, Pastor @BiodunFatoyinbo is a gifted preacher and teacher of God’s Word but, our sister @BusolaDakolo has brought a serious allegation against him. Therefore, in line with the scriptures, it is only appropriate that he leaves his gift (preaching & teaching) at the altar in order to first go and attend to this matter, reconcile with the truth and, if exonerated, then return to the altar to serve God’s people with his gift.
“The scriptures clearly advise that he should take a break and step aside in order for this investigation to be concluded and justice pronounced.”