The growing spate of support and backing shown to embattled Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Abiodun Fatoyinbo, by his constituency over rape allegations leveled against him by Busola Dakolo, wife of R&B singer Timi Dakolo, has raised fresh curiosity over frantic moves that may have been made behind the scenes to salvage his image.
The presence of two prominent church leaders who came visiting Pastor Fatoyinbo, the man in the eye of the storm, suggests that unseen moves may have been made to galvanise support for the troubled cleric who has now stepped aside from the pulpit.
President of CAN Abuja, Reverend Jonah Samson and CAN President North Central, Reverend Israel Akanji, who spoke separately, were on hand to pledge support and prayers for Pastor Fatoyinbo when they both visited COZA on Sunday July 14th.
The pair who spoke separately to the congregation on Sunday July 14th, pledged their support and prayers for Fatoyinbo and COZA church members as they face hard times over the controversy rocking the church.
Reverend Jonah in his speech said CAN is behind Fatoyinbo and COZA as they wade through this trying period while Reverend Akanji in his comments said Jesus expects his followers to be like the good Samaritan who was there to give help to a wounded soldier and not turn his back on such a soldier.
There are speculations that the pair may have acted in their individual capacities as friends of Pastor Fatoyinbo as they were neither speaking on behalf of the President of CAN, Dr. Samson Ayokunle nor were they speaking on behalf of the christian umbrella body.
The view is also supported as Prophet Samuel Abiara, founder of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Agbala Itura Lagos has also thrown his weight behind the disturbed cleric after he advised members of COZA to stand by their Pastor, amid the rape allegation leveled against him.
Prophet Abiara in a statement said the COZA Founder will overcome the rape allegations against him if he goes before God. He also warned all accusers against the body of Christ to be careful not to be judgmental and allow God to intervene Himself.
The insight comes as the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) which once said it was in prayers with Pastor Fatoyinbo over the rape allegations, revealed that it has officially commenced findings by setting up a committee to look into circumstances surrounding the rape claim.
PFN in a letter sent to singer Timi Dakolo said it has constituted a committee to investigate the allegations led by Rev. Wilson Badejo as Chairman, with Bishop Vincent Iyawe and Rev. Collins Ilechukwu as members.
It also noted in the letter that the committee is saddled with the responsibility of establishing the veracity of the claims and recommend appropriate sanctions where necessary.
In the light of the recent developments, critics hope that the voices of Timi Dakolo and his wife Busola are not drowned in the latest show of solidarity for Pastor Fatoyinbo (who has several rape allegations leveled against him) as they both seek public sympathy in their bid to see that justice is served to the accused.
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