Biodun Fatoyinbo, the head pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) has announced that he would be taking a leave of absence from the pulpit.
This comes in the wake of the allegations of sexual assault and rape that came from Busola Dakolo last week.
In the days that followed, there were protests in both Lagos and Abuja and there were widespread calls for him to step down while investigations were conducted into the matter.
While Biodun Fatoyinbo had initially stated that he has never raped and that he would be seeking legal redress, it seems now that he has taken a step back and stepped down.
In a statement released on his Instagram— a personal statement rather than the impersonal one that came from his office at the time of the initial allegation– Pastor Fatoyinbo claimed that he came to this difficult decision following widespread consultations with other men of God and that he has decided that stepping down would be the best thing for the church as he wouldn’t want the scandal to take away from the work of Christ.
He also asked for prayers from his well-wishers stating that he had confidence in God to take him through this period.
His comments were filled with supportive posts from his fans–which struck us as odd as it is only normal that there would be detractors in the comments section, this makes us speculate that perhaps he is having his comments section moderated with negative comments being deleted– including Wale Jana who commented: “The Lord is your strength Baba we love you”
It is believed that legal proceedings will be the next step of this captivating saga and a conviction could pave the way a humongous social shift which could change the perception and conversations had about rape in society.