The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), has expressed concerns over rape accusation against the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly,(COZA) Biodun Fatoyinbo by Mrs. Bisola Dakolo.
The Christian body in a statement issued by its National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Evangelist Kwamkur Samuel called for thorough investigation in the accusation.
“The Christian Association of Nigeria is deeply concerned about the ongoing rape allegation saga arising from a confessional statement by a former female member of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Mrs Bisola Dakolo against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, the Senior Pastor of COZA. COZA, to the best of our knowledge, he is not a member of any of the families that belong to CAN.
“CAN, as an Association, is equally sad that there have been recurrent allegations of rape and infidelity against some gospel ministers and other Christians as well. While efforts must be made to get to the root of the matter through thorough investigation, the Association condemns totally any act of infidelity either by a pastor or any member of the church of God.
“Immoral relationships with anybody in the society are against the teachings of the Bible and the church and we urge all believers all over the country to run away from them because, as the Bible says and we strongly believe, adulterers and fornicators God will judge (Heb. 13:4).”
“All ministers of the Gospel to shun all appearances of evil especially, unregulated closeness to persons in the church. Rape by every standard is sinful and an act of wickedness” stressing, “While we do not know for sure whether or not some or all of the allegations of rape and illicit relationship levelled against members of the clergy are true, we strongly appeal to all Christians to avoid blackmail against any brother or sister in the church for whatever reason. All of us must avoid making ourselves vulnerable.
“CAN recognises that this must be a very trying time for the ladies who levelled allegations against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and on the other ministers whose stories are trending presently. We pray for them that to the extent to which they are true and sincere, God would strengthen and comfort them in their fight for justice.”