Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Center, Sam Adeyemi, has reacted to the rape allegation leveled against COZA founder, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, by the wife of singer Timi Dakolo, Busola.
In a statement released this afternoon, Adeyemi expressed sympathy for Busola Dakolo and all those that have been affected since she came out to relieve her experiences with the clergyman.
Adeyemi asked for patience while legal processes are instituted to unravel the truth.
Read his statement below:-
“My attention has been drawn to the allegations of rape made against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo by Mrs Busola Dakolo. These are, no doubt, serious allegations. Rape is a crime and I say a firm NO to rape,” he said.
“As Christians, it is only appropriate for us to seek for truth, justice, healing, and restoration for all involved. The Bible instructs us to do this with humility (Galatians 6:1).
“While these are still allegations, I empathise with Mrs Dakolo and everyone that has been affected, and I pray God’s peace for them at this time.
“While the allegations have been refuted, I hope there will be a process, legal or counselling, to establish the truth in these circumstances.
“Meanwhile, let us pray for peace and strength for everyone hurting in this process, for the families of the accusers and the accused, and the Church.”
Mr Fatoyinbo on Monday announced that he would be “taking a leave of absence from the pulpit of the church.”
The pastor’s decision came amid public outcry which called on him to step down and address the numerous rape and sex allegations levelled against him by several women aside from Busola.
Mr Fatoyinbo said he made the decision after consulting several spiritual leaders around the world and the leadership of COZA.