The social media has been awash with the story of Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer and wife of musician, Timi Dakolo, who accused the founder of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly Church (COZA), Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, of rape. Mrs. Dakolo is the second high profile person after Ese Walter to accuse Fatoyinbo of rape. However, female ministers of God have expressed mixed feelings to ESTHER BAKARE on the matter
Apostle Faith Eden-Osakwe, President of Kingdom Redemption Outreach Center International with headquarters in USA and branches in Nigeria, said: “According to 2Corinthians 13:1: At the mouth of two or three witnesses the truth is confirmed. With the way the world is going, truth is no longer confined because 99 out of 100 people can agree to lie and only one is speaking the truth.
“If a lot of people are coming out to lay this allegation on the Pastor, I will advise that he takes a sabbatical and take time to reflect and be refreshed by the Holy Spirit.
“My advice to women, look for a woman like you that can hold you accountable, some that can jolt you back to life when you are at your weakest.
“To Busola Dakolo, I believe every action has a motive, why did she keep quiet all this while? Until she got married in the same church, I believe it is something that motivated her to speak out now, it may be vengeance but I advise both parties to go back to God and seek forgiveness.
“The issue of church leaders sleeping with their members has been on-going for so long, it is not an uncommon thing, I guess there is occultism about it, some use it to gain demonic powers, those that are married, their wives know about it and keep quiet. The unmarried ones would promise about 50 girls in the church marriage and will sleep with all of them and at the end of the day won’t marry any of them. I believe it is a plot of the devil to bring Christianity down.”
Deaconess Rachel Ajala of The Apostolic Church, Zaria in Kaduna State: “I commend Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo for stepping down as the Senior Pastor of COZA, I want to advise him to go on prayer and fasting to God Almighty to fight for him if he is not guilty and if he is guilty let him humble himself before God who will deliver him and forgive him his sins. We’re all sinners but we must be careful because he who carries the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ must be holy.”
Bishop Dr Priscilla Otuya, President Mothers of the Nations Organisations for Peace and Development: “Putting it very straight and simple, only God the Father in heaven and the parties involved know exactly what transpired and my take on the matter is that if indeed, and I repeat, if the Pastor really raped this lady no matter how long ago he did it, he should just simply convene a delegate of elders he submits to and go to the lady to apologise and ask for forgiveness because the wrath of God is out against all forms of unrighteousness especially sexual sins and violence against women.
“If we will look at ourselves in the face and tell ourselves the truth, the organised Christendom is under siege and because sex is the door way to the soul and the easiest way to take souls captive, Satan and his cohorts have adopted it as a means of wreaking havoc amongst supposed ministers of the Gospel. He has unleashed strange children from the sea male and female against God’s true sons and daughters and I want to use this medium to state the fact that these strange children are everywhere in Christendom.
“Some are even operating as ministers of the Gospel, silently but powerfully derailing genuine ministers’ especially upcoming ones with the sex and the gospel of prosperity without commitment to Christ and his cause.
“Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: Psalm.144 v 11
“Just yesterday, after our meeting in Nassarawa State, one of our coordinators opened up on her sickening ordeal with a senior ‘Man of God’ and I was so shocked beyond words and I want to use this medium to tell our male colleagues out there who know within their hearts that they are involved in sexual sin to come out clean now because they will not be able to deal with what is to come.
“The song on every lip on this matter and others like it is don’t judge, leave judgement to God, yes! No one has the power to judge a genuine servant of God, but minister to minister we are allowed to wade into disputes, etc and judge righteously to bring justice to the aggrieved party and repentance to the guilty, when we turn a blind eye to clear acts of evil and God decides to wade it, his Judgement is anything but funny as it is written, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged 1 Corinthians 11 v 31. We have been sweeping things under the carpet and the owner of the church is sweeping them out and this is the beginning of Revelations to come on, he has come to judge what we humans cannot judge and no one can stand in his way.
“It is a good thing that our beloved brother heeded the advice to step down until the truth is unravelled and I thank God that both parties are of the Christian fold and we have ways prescribed for settling disputes etc., and I pray that both parties find a way to resolve this within the prescribed ways according to our faith and the first step as I said in the beginning is true repentance and genuine apology.”
Apostle Fidel Chimezie, the founder of Nigeria Ministers Project and Apostolic Discipleship Project (ADPRO): “First of all, the Bible says in Ephesians 5 vs 3: ‘But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints’.
“We are in a society where people take revenge, if that lady is sure of the allegation then she also need to pray for divine intervention in this matter and if she said it out of revenge then she should ask for forgiveness.
“The stepping down of the pastor from to pulpit, to me is a welcome idea, the pastor also needs help of senior ministers of God, and they need to support him in spiritual counselling and prayers so that he does not completely get derailed from the body of Christ.
This battle is against the church.”
Pastor (Mrs) Biodun Eresanara of Power of His Love Ministry: “So much has been written/said concerning the rape issue between Pst Biodun Fatoyinbo and Busola/Timi Dakolo.
“First, we must understand that rape is a criminal offence, it is heinous and wicked. So I am against rape and any sexual assault.
“I am not in the position to judge either of those affected, but I believe justice should take its course. Infact this issue should not be mentioned amongst Ministers of God.
“2nd Timothy 2:19 says ‘Nevertheless, the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal. The Lord knows those who are His and let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.’
“Pastors should be careful with their conduct and character.
“Sexual immorality is real in the church and I believe God is set to sanitize and sanctify His church.
“Pastor Fatoyinbo has made the right move by stepping down. Lies can linger for some time but the truth will definitely triumph.
“I stand for the truth which I know will soon be revealed.
“For the Dakolos, I applaud Busola’s courage to speak out. Rape is traumatic and only the person affected can understand the feeling. Her confession has been faulted by many but I’m glad, her courage and braveness has encouraged many victims to speak out.
“But as Christians, the issue would have been handled biblically, they should have spoken to the elders first (not necessarily their church elders) there are fathers of faith in the land not the media.
“However, this is a warning to those pastors taking advantage of the flock of Christ instead of taking care of them.
“Enough is enough, so many women are being molested regularly in our churches and this nonsense must stop.
“Is it not shameful to make sexual advances to a girl/lady/woman who calls you ‘daddy’?
“For Pastor Fatoyinbo and Busola’s case, what is required is justice, healing and restoration.
“And we must not forget to pray for them.
“At this time, we must intercede for both parties, only Jesus can heal the wounded souls.
“And for the body of Christ, it’s time for ‘Repentance and Revival’
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