CAN makes u-turn on Busola Dakolo’s rape allegations, pledges support for Biodun Fatoyinbo

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Fatoyinbo and Busola Popoola

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has thrown its weight behind the embattled pastor of the Commonwealth of Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyionbo, over the rape allegations made against him.

Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer and wife of Timi Dakolo, Nigerian singer, had accused the popular cleric of raping her about 20 years ago,

CAN, the umbrella body of Christians in the country had said it won’t be involved in the case since COZA does not belong to the association.

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But in a video shared in the early hours of Monday, some CAN officials were seen at COZA’s Sunday service declaring solidarity for Fatoyinbo and the church.


Jonah Samson, FCT CAN chairman, and Israel Akanji, chairman of the north-central zone of CAN were in attendance.

“It’s a pleasure being here and 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,” Samson said.

“We stand by him and this church will continue to march forward. I say and I declare, the gates of hell shall not prevail in any church in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.”

According to Akanji, “How can I and then the FCT chairman 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? We will not do such a thing. We are here to just let you know we are with you in prayer.”

“The Lord will bring you out even stronger. Our pastor here, by the grace of God, will continue to be the voice of God to proclaim (to) the whole nations of the world the mysteries of Jesus Christ. You are not alone.”


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