Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Biodun Fatoyinbo has pleaded Nigerians to pray for him.
Pastor Fatoyinbo made the plea shortly after stepping aside from the pulpit amidst growing concerns over allegation of rape by Busola Dakolo, celebrity photographer and wife of popular entertainer, Timi Dakolo.
The scandal broke out last week following a video that went viral on social media, where Busola accused the flamboyant cleric of raping her as a teenager.
Overwhelmed by the allegation, the cleric stepped down from the pulpit and begged Nigerians to pray for him in the face of the travails.
In a statement on his Instagram account Monday, he called for prayers for himself and the entire COZA family to overcome “these turbulent times.”
“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. 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.
“My confidence in the Lord remains unwavering. Though I do not understand all that is happening, I trust the Lord to lead and guide me one step at a time. Kindly pray for me and the congregation of COZA as we seek the face of the Lord during these turbulent times,” the statement said,