The senior pastor, Covenant Christian Centre (C3), Poju Oyemade, has revealed how a spiritual leader in the Body of Christ, Pastor Biodun defers in authority to, compelled him to step down from the pulpit until further notice.
Oyemade who said it is impossible not to be heartbroken by the experience of Busola Dakolo, celebrity photographer and wife of Timi Dakolo made the disclosure while explaining his role in the process that eventually lead to the steping down of Fatoyinbo on Monday.
In a post on Instagram, Oyemade said the stepping aside of the COZA founder, is only a first step, as the objective is justice, healing and redemption.
He wrote, “I have been asked by many well-meaning people about my position concerning the accusation of rape made against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.”
“I could only watch the tape by Busola Dakolo for a few minutes, it was difficult to sit through it. From what I heard it is impossible not to be heartbroken and sympathise with her.
“She must have gone through a lot and then to sit to tape her experience must have been very painful. She is today a wife and mother of three to have to relive a 20yr old experience.
“I immediately contacted the spiritual leader in the Body of Christ I believe Pastor Biodun defers in authority to, to wade into the issue and bring about a decision.
“He informed me of his position. It was that Pst Biodun should first step down from the pulpit indefinitely, suspend 7days of glory and make a public statement. These he made known to him directly in an hour.
“This should serve as the first step. He informed me that was the position and asked my opinion. We had three objectives in mind. 1. Justice 2. Healing 3. Redemption.
“I have been informed that the decision to step down and cancel the 7 days of Glory have been made. It is apparent that the manner in which our Pentecostal Churches were/are born with an individual receiving a call directly from God and we all operating largely as independent bodies.
“Our governing structures are not as strong as in the orthodox church settings with the exemption of Pentecostal denominations where you are appointed a pastor and can be easily sanctioned.
“This, however, makes it imperative that we go an extra mile to show a high level of compassion and sense of responsibility for people placed under our care or else what has brought our great growth may be what will destroy us.
“For those who have been abused and exposed in our independent pentecostal structures, I deeply apologise and we will seek to build stronger structures through peer reviews and in our relationships. Thank you and God bless you.”
Busola, the wife of Timi Dakolo, Nigeria’s popular singer, had last week alleged that she was raped by the COZA founder when she was 16 in Ilorin, Kwara state.
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, who is not stranger to allegation of illicit sexual relationship with members of the church, has since denied raping Busola or any other woman.