Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo’s spiritual mother, Pastor Funke Adejumo, has sympathised with Busola Dakolo and others who have come up with allegations of rape against Fatoyinbo.
Fatoyinbo, who refers to “Mummy Adejumo” as his spiritual mother, has been accused by Mrs Dakolo, Ese Walter and some other church members of rape.
But the embattled Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly has continued to deny the allegations. He however stepped aside, saying he was advised to do so by his spiritual elders.
In a message she posted on her Instagram page, Adejumo sympathised with Busola and other church members who felt betrayed
Adejumo, who is a pastor in the Agape Christian Ministries, said she had been making efforts to resolve the crisis.
She wrote, “The past few days have been heavy, not just in a general sense of a national reckoning but in a very personal sense as some of us, who Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, the founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, considers leaders and mentors in the faith, have worked quietly behind the scenes following the serious allegations of rape made by Busola Dakolo.
“It has taken me time to speak publicly about this because work first had to be done to enable the process of resolution. This was the more urgent, personal task. Today, I am thankful to God for the counsel that has seen Biodun step down to allow the process of fact-finding, healing, restitution and justice continue; also so that the congregation that God has entrusted into our hands are guided with love, integrity and wisdom. The house of God should remain a safe space for all. No form of abuse should have a place in God’s house.”
She added, “My deepest sympathy is with everyone who has experienced broken trust from the church: Busola, every girl, every boy, every child, man or woman. The church is embracing accountability and it is exactly as Jesus has requested that we must.”
Meanwhile, another lady has accused Fatoyibo of raping her.
The lady, who spoke on condition of anonymity in an interview with Y!Naija, said the rape took place in 2017 at the pastor’s house.
According to her, she was an employee of COZA working directly with the pastor and a member of the church.
She said Fatoyinbo asked her to visit his house on a Thursday morning to receive some instructions and run an errand.
She stated, “He was my boss. I worked with him. Sometimes, I had to do errands for them. So, it was not the first time that I was going to be at their house.
“I was there sitting on the couch with him and he started addressing something that had to do with the church.
“Everything moved quickly from there and then he started trying to pull me into a hug and started kissing me, which I found shocking. I had known him as a spiritual leader and I was about to witness the opposite of everything that I thought he stood for.”
She added, “I was too shocked. It was a couch. I didn’t know whether I should hold on to something. I remember telling him continuously, ‘You can’t do that, you can’t do that.’
“He just kept going; took off my button and my trousers and then he had his other hand holding me back to the couch and another hand right inside my pants.
“I remember he kept saying, ‘Relax. Just relax.’ He didn’t flinch.”
The lady said she had regarded Fatoyinbo as a father figure and a mentor at that time when he allegedly raped her.