Watch: CAN Representatives Pledge Support To Fatoyinbo Amid Rape Scandal
In a video that has surfaced online, some representatives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) visited the Abuja branch of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) during yesterday’s July 14th.
The visit is coming on the heels of the rape allegation trailing the Global Senior Pastor of COZA, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, who was accused of rape by Busola Dakolo, the wife of Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo.
Speaking during the service yesterday, the president of CAN Abuja, Reverend Jonah Samson and CAN President North Central, Reverend Israel Akanji spoke to the congregation, pledging their support and prayers for Fatoyinbo and COZA church as they face this hard time. In his speech, Reverend Jonah said CAN is behind Fatoyinbo and COZA during this trying period.
Reverend Jonah said:
”I assure you that we are with you and we will continue to be with you. We are in support of the church. We are in support of your pastor. We stand by him. and this church will continue to match forward. The I declare that the gates of hell shall not prevail against this church in the mighty name of Jesus.”
On his part, Reverend Akanji said Jesus expects his followers to be like the good Samaritan who was there to give help to a wounded soldier and not turn his back on such a soldier.
Watch the video of the CAN leaders speaking during the visit below:
It is noteworthy that in an earlier statement released by Kwamkur Vondip, the national director, legal and public affairs of CAN, the association had said COZA is not a member of CAN. The statement reads in part,
“The association recognises that COZA, to the best of our knowledge, is not a member of any of the families that belong to CAN. CAN, as an association; it is equally sad that there have been recurrent allegations of rape and infidelity against some gospel ministers and other Christians as well."
It would be recalled that Dakolo alleged Fatoyinbo raped her twice as a teenager. Since she came forward with her accusation, Fatoyinbo has stepped down from the pulpit in what he termed a leave of absence although he maintains his innocence about raping Dakolo.
The allegation has been met with mixed reactions from Nigerians with some on the side of the cleric and others choosing sides with Dakolo.