The senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo has announced his decision to step down from the church’s pulpit amid controversial rape tales.
According to a statement released on Monday, the embattled pastor said the decision was propelled by the advice of his mentors.
Pastor Fatoyinbo had been in the murky waters of scandalous rape tales since Friday when Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer and wife of Timi Dakolo, Nigerian musician, accused him of raping her when she was 16 going on 17.
“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,” the statement read.
“I have solicited their guidance on actions I should take that is 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 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 the church.
“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 lead and guide me one step at a time.”