Founder and Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo says that the holy spirit and his mentors advised him to cancel the church’s popular special programme tagged “Seven Days of Glory”.
The embattled pastor stated this on Sunday while reacting to protests that hit the Abuja and Lagos branches of the church following accusations of rape levelled against him by ace photographer, Busola Dakolo.
Busola, who is the wife of popular soul singer Timi Dakolo, said that Fatoyinbo raped and deflowered her when she was 17 in 2000.
Fatoyinbo has denied the accusations and threatened to sue Busola Dakolo for libel.
However, while addressing his congregation in the church’s headquarters in Guzape, Abuja, Fatoyinbo said the special programme would not hold till further notice.
He said that the protesters could embarrass expected international guests if the programme went ahead.
The Herald can report that popular African-American preacher and speaker, Bishop TD Jakes attended the programme in the past.
Fatoyinbo said, “I have been relating with all my mentors, you know I am a man under authority. I really love to listen to them.
“So, I am going to be giving a few instructions as time goes on but the first instruction I want to give is, with what is going on, we are going to be having prayers every day for those who are interested to come. But we are not going to have the seven days of glory.
“I don’t want all these kinds of stuff. I think last month we prayed for a whole month and we do all of that. Please, let’s be people of peace. So, if you want to pray with us, you can come here to pray. But the regular seven days won’t hold this year… you don’t want to put your guest speakers through all of that.
“You know we love to host people properly. And you know some of them, apart from the fact that the Holy Spirit spoke to me about that, my mentors said to me, this is what we need to do while we step in and make sure we see what is going on. And you know what we stand for in COZA.
“So, please let’s obey God and our mentors and be a people of peace. Also, when you are going out, they are going to direct you how to go out, please don’t fight anybody, don’t reply anybody, you came to worship. They may say things to you, it doesn’t matter. Please, behave yourselves and make sure everything is in place.”