By Temitope Owotoki
Biodun Fatoyinbo, founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) has stepped down from office.
He announced his leave of absence from the pulpit via his verified Instagram page on Monday.
“The past few days have been sobering for me. 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 are 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 the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly and owing to my love for God’s word and sacred honour of my calling, I have decided to take a leave of absence from the pulpit of the church.”
He went on to ask for prayers for himself and his congregation “during these turbulent times”.
Fatoyinbo was on Friday accused of rape by Busola, wife of popular singer, Timi Dakolo.
She alleged that the pastor raped her about 20 years ago, while still a teenager back in Ilorin.
Fatoyinbo had denied the allegation even as protesters stormed his church parishes in Abuja and Lagos.