The Christian Association of Nigeria has explained why it has refused to
‘jump to conclusions’ about the rape allegations against the Senior
Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Mr. Biodun Fatoyinbo

It however stated that, no matter who is involved, rape is ungodly and reprehensible.


in a statement by its General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, on Sunday
expressed displeasure that Christendom has been subjected to ridicule on
account of the allegations leveled against Fatoyinbo, who the apex
Christian body in the country described as “one of the nation’s leading

It said, “The leadership of the Christian Association
of Nigeria is seriously concerned about the disturbing situation
concerning Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, the General Overseer of Commonwealth
of Zion Assembly, one of our leading pastors in the country, on whom an
allegation of rape has been leveled by one of our daughters, Mrs.
Busola Dakolo.

“It is disheartening how some commentators and
columnists have been insulting the Body of Christ in Nigeria as a result
of this incident. Like we have earlier stated, it doesn’t matter who is
involved, rape is ungodly and reprehensible.

“But we have
resisted the temptation to jump into any conclusion since a body like
ours will be expected to have uncovered the truth about any matter
before making public statements and not base its position merely upon
media reports.”

According to CAN, its stance that Fatoyinbo’s
church has not been an active member of CAN does not put COZA outside
the spiritual watch-care of the apex Christian organisation.

said, “CAN is the umbrella body for every Christian and church in
Nigeria. Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, does not turn back anyone
that comes to him and CAN also does not.

“The ministry of the
Church, according to Jesus Christ, is the ministry of reconciliation,
which is centred on true love and forgiveness of those who repent.

Bible states it clearly that ‘God demonstrates his own love for us in
that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8, 11).
Having reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, God has committed
to us the ministry of reconciling the world unto Himself and to one
another (2 Corinthians 5:19-21).

“Since both Pastor Fatoyinbo and
Mrs. Dakolo are Christians, the leadership of CAN is already seeking
ways to address the issues in order to heal every wound already
inflicted on the parties concerned and the body of Christ in general.”

CAN stated that its hope was that steps, which would exacerbate the current damages already done, would be avoided.

we seek the help of CAN elders and the Holy Spirit in resolving the
current problem, it is our prayer that both parties will sheathe their
swords and stop the media war in the interest of the Church and for the
greater glory of God,” it added.


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