CAN Declares Support For Embattled COZA Pastor
By Dipo Omoware
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared support for the embattled pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo.
Chairman of the FCT, Abuja, Reverend Jonah Samson, and Zonal Chairman of North Central, Reverend Israel Akanji, were at the church to over the weekend to pledge their support.
Photographer Busola Dakolo (wife of popular musician Timi Dakolo) had in an interview YTV last month, accused Pastor Biodun of raping her when she was 17 years old. This sparked outrage across the country and led to protests at the church worship centres in Abuja and Lagos.
But the CAN representatives assured members of COZA that they had the support of the association and that they were "praying for the church."
Speaking at the church service on Sunday, Reverend Samson, the Abuja CAN Chairman said: “I assure you that we are with you and we will continue to be with you. We are in support of the church. We are in support of your pastor. We stand by him and this church will continue to match forward."
He also added: "I declare that the gates of hell shall not prevail against this church in the mighty name of Jesus.”
Zonal Chairman of North Central of CAN, Reverend Akanji also reiterated the association's pledge to support the church insisting that the embattled COZA pastor, Fatoyinbo would "continue to be the voice of God."
"How can I hear that one church that God has a plan and purpose for is going through this Jerusalem-Jericho road and then we will walk away?" Akanji asked.
"We will not so such a thing. We are here to just let you know we are with you in prayer. The Lord will bring you out stronger," he stated.
"Our pastor here (Pastor Biodun) will continue to be the voice of God. We want you to know that you are not alone," the Zonal Chairman said.
Earlier, the umbrella Christian body had in a statement it through its National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Vondip, said that COZA was not a member of CAN.
According to the statement CAN said at the time: “the association recognises that COZA, to the best of our knowledge, is not a member of any of the families that belong to CAN.”
However, in another statement issued later, CAN General Secretary Joseph Daramola noted that CAN was concerned about resolving the issue between the two Christians.
“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.
“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.”
Mrs Dakolo has formally filed a complaint to the Nigerian Police and investigations has since commenced on the case.