Biodun Fatoyinbo, senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), has finally bowed to pressure by stepping down as the head pastor of the church.
The pastor had been in the news since Friday when Timi Dakolo’s wife, Busola, accused him of raping her when she was 17-year-old.
Also, on Sunday, protesters besieged the church’s vicinity to protest against Fatoyinbo, urging him to step down as the head pastor.
Fatoyinbo, in a statement released on Monday, said he took the decision to step down after seeking counsel from his spiritual leaders around the world and the leadership of COZA.
According to him, stepping down is the right thing to do, but it will indeed break his heart for not carrying out his spiritual duties on a daily basis.
While also expressing that his confidence in the Lord remains unwavering, he noted that “I have decided to take a leave of absence from the the pulpit of the church.”
“I have taken time to pray and seek spiritual counsel from Christian leaders around the world who feel very concerned about the ongoing reports in the media,” the statement read.
“I have solicited their guidance on actions I should take that is honouring to our Lord Jesus Christ and the work he has called me to do.
“Drawing from their counsel and that of the leadership of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly and owing to my love for God’s work and the sacred honour of my calling, I have decided to take a leave of absence from the pulpit of the church.
“This step enables me to submit to the concerns of my spiritual mentors as they consider all the issues that have been raised against me.
“Though I do not understand all that is happening, I trust the Lord to lead and guide me one step at a time.”