Nigerians Take To The Streets To Protest COZA Scandal, Fatoyinbo’s Wife Reacts

One of the most common criticisms of Nigerians is our aversion to activism and our ‘siddon look’ nature, but as the COZA scandal shows, things might be changing.

A couple of days ago, the news that prominent photographer Busola Dakolo, was allegedly raped by Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA came out and Nigerians have spoken out loudly over it.

Tweets and posts and messages and all sorts were posted and Nigerians spoke out against rape culture in the country, especially in the house of God.

Hashtags such as #NotInMyChurch and #IStandWithBusolaDakolo have been trending on Twitter and a large spotlight has been pointed on the issue.

If anyone thought that the COZA scandal would live and die on Social Media and that Nigerians wouldn’t take action, how wrong they were as Nigerians took to the streets to protest this morning in Abuja and Lagos.

Nigerians carried placards saying no to rape and they gathered and protested peacefully. The people in Abuja wore white tops and placed masking tape over their mouths to signify the silence that have prevailed when such atrocities have taken place in the past.


There were prominent Nigerians who were either at the protest, or who commented on it, including Nollywood actor Akah Nnani, who also happens to be a member of the church.

He had put out a Post on his Instagram where he asked for clarification from Pastor Fatoyinbo.

COZA scandal


Coza scandal


Some tweets have also shown that there were some thugs who were allegedly paid to counter protest and support Pastor Fatoyinbo. The touts carried cardboard paper with slogans like ‘Pastor Fatoyinbo is anointed’ and other slogans.

Some tweets also claimed that Pastor Fatotinbo had army officials harass protesters and that ushers from the church formed a human barricade to stop the march of people there to protest.

According to the Punch, Pastor Omodele Fatoyinbo, the wife of Pastor Biodun has stated that her husband is not a rapist, saying in church where she preached; “My husband is not a rapist. Even if he was not a believer, he would not be a rapist.”

The COZA scandal has rocked the entire nation and could bring us as a country to a real watershed moment.

We’ll keep you updated as things heat up in this COZA scandal, for now you can check out some tweets below from the protest.



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