Embattled COZA Pastor Fatoyinbo cancels upcoming programme as protests gain ground in Lagos, Abuja

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Global Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, has cancelled the church’s upcoming week-long programme as protests seeking his dismissal gather momentum.
The event tagged ‘7DG’, billed to hold from July 1 to 7 in Abuja, was cancelled on Sunday during the church service with protesters holding a peaceful demonstration around the premises.
Protests were also held in Lagos.

Embattled COZA Pastor Fatoyinbo cancels upcoming programme as protests gain ground in Lagos, Abuja
Anti-Fatoyinbo protesters

The protests tagged #ChurchToo and #PastorStepDown are currently being held at COZA branches in Lagos and Abuja with participants urging the church to suspend the clergy activities of Fatoyinbo, pending investigations into the alleged rape accusations.
On Friday, Busola Dakolo, celebrity photographer and wife of singer, Timi Dakolo, accused Fatoyinbo of raping her at 16 in a now-viral video interview.
Dakolo detailed the events that led to the alleged rape, which she revealed happened twice in one week. The allegations caused an uproar on social media with some Nigerians calling on Fatoyinbo to respond.
Embattled COZA Pastor Fatoyinbo cancels upcoming programme as protests gain ground in Lagos, Abuja
No to rape in the church

Although Fatoyinbo denied the allegations in an official response, protesters still urged him to step down as pastor of the church until the investigations are concluded.
They marched to the church premises in their numbers with placards.
In Abuja, they were met with opposition from some unnamed security agents and another group protesting in support of the pastor and the church.
The protests also has active conversations on social media with #stepdownpastor, #churchtoo and #pastorbiodunfatoyinbo among the top five trending topics on Nigerian twitter.
Embattled COZA Pastor Fatoyinbo cancels upcoming programme as protests gain ground in Lagos, Abuja
No to rape

@martobono tweeted, “An allegation was made against the man. He used his COZA letterhead paper to respond.
“Meaning, the response was on behalf of the incorporated trustees, management and the entire members and you don’t want people to take their protests to the church? You must be MAD! #ChurchToo”
@MsLami_A wrote, “As expected, they barricaded the road leading to the church auditorium with armed forces. But we will sit here and pass our message across. #ChurchToo #MeToo #IStandWithBusolaDakolo.”
Embattled COZA Pastor Fatoyinbo cancels upcoming programme as protests gain ground in Lagos, Abuja
Anti-Fatoyinbo protesters

@Oluwatosingbenga said, “#COZA members in Abuja form human barricade preventing protesters from proceeding to the front of their church #stepdownpastor COZA youths blocking our protest.#ChurchToo#PastorStepDown”
Meanwhile, Fatoyinbo’s wife, Modele, also denied the allegations against him on Sunday, adding that even before becoming a pastor, he has never raped anyone.
“Not even as an unbeliever will my husband rape someone,” Mrs Fatoyinbo said during the church service broadcast. 

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