In view of the growing reports of rape allegations against some Christian leaders, a cleric, Bishop Charles Ighele, has called for the establishment of a statutory body under the Christian Association of Nigeria empowered to take disciplinary measure against erring members.
Ighele, who is the General Overseer of the Holy Ghost Mission, disclosed this in Lagos while reacting to the rape allegation against the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo.
He said that he was particularly disturbed about the controversies the allegation against Fatoyinbo had generated in the social and print media, maintaining that true men of God still exist in the country notwithstanding the allegations against very few ones, which he described as unfortunate.
The cleric debunked insinuations of conspiracy of silence on the part of church leaders or CAN.
Ighele said, “CAN needs to regulate itself, just as professional bodies in the country, like (the) Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Medical Association, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, among many other professional bodies. There is a law establishing these professional organisations such that if a medical doctor is found wanting on his job, it is not the government that disciplines the medical doctor.
“The matter will be referred to the disciplinary committee or the organ of such body that will investigate and make recommendation to its highest decision making organ on such matter. Same principle applies to other statutory professional bodies.
“Upon unbiased, thorough investigation by their ethics committee, if the professional is found to be guilty of the allegation, he is disciplined with immediate effect, having his licence withdrawn, depending on the weight of the matter.”