Rev. Israel Akanji, the North-Central Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said he prays that Pastor Fatoyinbo is restored regardless of guilt.
Recall that the controversial COZA pastor has been accused of rape by Celebrity photographer Busola Dakolo.
The case has since then escalated as the police and courts are involved.
What has been of interest is the reaction of the Christian community which has been mixed, while we’ve seen the likes of Fela Durotoye and co and asking for an investigation, we’ve also had people on the other side of the divide, like Reno Omokri.
Akanji was preaching and he likened the situation to that of the second thief who was on the cross with Christ and was forgiven of his sins and admitted into heaven.
“I still pray for that pastor (Fatoyinbo). I am not sure he erred; I have no right to judge because I don’t know whether the accusations against him are true or false. It has yet to be determined but even if it is true, I still pray that God will restore him fully to the work of the ministry.
“Individuals locked up by the EFCC who are seen to be the worst people on the face of the earth… we pray for them. And that church, we needed to go and speak and pray with them because of what they were passing through and that is what we did.
“Now, people may have different opinions but I hold the bible as the pastor, First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja. I have no regret that I went to that church (COZA). I didn’t go there to endorse evil but I wanted to say that even if you are the worst sinner, Jesus Christ still has a place for you.”
He said critics should always ask, “What will Jesus do?” before making judgments.
“If Jesus were in our generation, he would be criticized for things he did. So, is it what people say that matters? Not in all cases. Yes, some things people say matter but when it has to do with eternity and the kingdom of God, it doesn’t matter what anybody says.
“I pray that all those who have seen this as an entry point to fight the Christian faith in this nation will fail in the name of Jesus. God, I pray for that Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo. He told me he gave his life to Christ in the Baptist Student Fellowship of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ilorin.
“I didn’t go there (COZA) because he was a Baptist. I didn’t know he had anything to do with Baptist. I just went and he saw me as a father. I thank you, God. And I pray that you intervene such that the needed correction should there be any, be made
“And God, you, who denied Peter after he denied you in your mercy, you will restore your servant.
“I pray that the family which felt wounded, should that be true, please heal their minds, restore them as well.”