Top Christian clerics have stepped into the raging rape and sexual abuse allegations against the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Abuja, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, and asked him to step down indefinitely.
Senior Pastor, Covenant Christian Centre, Poju Oyemade, who broke the news on Facebook said that after watching parts of the video clip in which professional photographer Mrs Busola Dakolo made the allegation that Fatoyinbo raped her thrice over 20 years ago, he "immediately contacted the spiritual leader in the Body of Christ to which I believe Pastor Biodun defers in authority to, to wade into the matter and bring about a decision.
‘He informed me his position. It was that Pastor Biodun should first step down from the pulpit indefinitely, suspend 7 Days of Glory (programme) and make a public statement.
‘These he made known to him directly in an hour. This should servee as the first step."
He added: "I have been informed that the decision to step down and cancel the 7 Days of Glory has been made."
Oyemade noted that there was a plan for justice, healing and redemption in the matter and empathised with Dakolo over her trauma.
Oyemade said the Pentecostal fold in Nigeria had a problem with weak governance structures given that each pastor is independently called and that makes control difficult.
"For all 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," he declared.
Fatoyinbo has on Sunday announced during the church service that he had stepped down and that the elders of the church were handling the matter.
He also announced that the church’s ‘7 Days of Glory’ programme usually held in the first week of January and July every year had been cancelled.