COZA: Pastor Sam Adeyemi reacts as Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo steps down
The Senior Pastor of Daystar Church, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, has reacted to Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo’s decision to step down as the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, over rape allegation from Timi Dakolo’s wife, Busola.
ND REPORTERS reports that Pastor Fatoyinbo had in a post on his Instagram page on Monday, announced stepping down from the pulpit following the rape saga.
He wrote: “The past few days have been very sobering on me I have taken time to seek spiritual counsel form Christian leaders around the world who feel very concerned about the ongoing report in the media.
“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 COZA and owing to my love for Lord’s work and the sacred honor of my calling I have decided to take a leave of absence from the pulpit of the church.”
This came on the heels of protests asking the cleric to step down over the allegations.
The celebrity photographer had alleged that the COZA founder forcefully raped her when she was young.
But reacting to the development, Pastor Sam urged Nigerians to pray for everyone, while the process to seek truth is ongoing.
He 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.”