The embattled Founder and Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has announced he will be taken a absence of leave from his position as the head of the church.
Mr. Fatoyinbo has come under intense scrutiny after Mrs. Busola Dakolo, a member of the church accused him of raping her twice while she was 17.
Busola is the wife of Nigerian musician, Timi Dakolo.
She revealed in an online interview that Mr. Fatoyinbo had raped her while she was in Ilorin. However, the preacher has denied the allegations and threatened to sue.
In a statement released on his personal Instagram page earlier today, the preacher disclosed that he would be taking a leave of absence.
The statement reads;
“The past few days have been very sobering for me. 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. 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 the church.”
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo added that he believes his action is the right thing to do. He also disclosed his dismay with all that is currently happening.
“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. Thank you and God bless you.”
A large crowd had protested outside the COZA premises in Abuja and Lagos on Sunday. The group, a coalition of Nigerians on social media had called on the preacher to stand down.