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Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage has added her voice to the ongoing conversation about rape and physical abuse against women in the country.
Quite recently, prominent members of the society have been accused of abusing women both physically and sexually and it has sparked a conversation online.
The singer has decided to add her two cents to the issue.
In a series of posts on her instagram stories, the “Ma Lo” hit maker stated that she is embarrassed to call herself a Nigerian because of recent happenings.
Tiwa Savage lamented the treatment being given to women and children in the country.
She mentioned that she will do her best to raise her son in a way that he will respect women and treat them like queens.
Check out her posts below:
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has revealed that the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), which owned by alleged rapist Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, is not a member of their association.
In a statement released Thursday, CAN said while they are concerned about the rape accusations by Busola Dakolo against Fatoyinbo, they however can’t do much about it because he is not a member of their association.
“The association recognises that COZA, to the best of our knowledge, is not a member of any of the families that belong to CAN. CAN, as an association, it is equally sad that there have been recurrent allegations of rape and infidelity against some gospel ministers and other Christians as well,” the statement read.
CAN nevertheless condemned the gradually increasing sexual immorality happening in the church of God.
“While efforts must be made to get to the root of the matter through thorough investigation, the association condemns totally, any act of infidelity either by a pastor or any member of the church of God,” the association added.
“We urge all ministers of the gospel to shun all appearances of evil especially, unregulated closeness to persons in the church. Rape by every standard is sinful and an act of wickedness.”
Actor Akah Nnani has declared that he is no longer a member of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly after head pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo was accused of rape.
The actor also called on all members of the church who have a conscience to boycott the church until the matter is resolved.
According to Akah Nnani, it took him quite some time to face the facts but now that he has finally seen the light, he will not sit by and watch innocent people be destroyed by the pastor.
He also mentioned that there are a number of powerful church leaders around Pastor Fatoyinbo who are protecting him from the law.
In his post on Instagram he wrote:
“After watching @busoladakolo account, I believed her 100%. But I was advocating for proper procedures of getting justice on this matter because of reasons best known to me.
Again, I was still in shock too. I admit, I still am in shock. I’m also not a fan of jungle justice or court of pubIic opinion because I suffered it in secondary school wrongfully.
But after the behaviour of the church organisation today on this matter, not just the pastor, there is no need.
It is shameful for me to call myself a member of that church.
A friend said to me “his moves are like that of Pablo Escobar”. I couldn’t help but agree. It has taken me time, but I am finally here.
We will say it for what it is. Until facts state otherwise, Pastor @biodunfatoyinbo is a rapist.
There is a syndicate around him that protects him, and this involves Pastor Flo of Lagos Church, Pastor Wole of PH parish, church staff, other ministers and I dare say, his wife.
I am no longer a member of that church. I call on every one who has a conscience to boycott @cozaglobal.
Thank you to every Nigerian fighting. Thank you to every celebrity using their voice. You understand that your influence is not for you. Thank you. I drew strength from your voice.
We continue to pray for him that God will touch his heart to own up to his cri nomes and the light of God to expose everyone involved in the syndicate.
I stand with Busola Dakolo, I stand with every woman who has been raped. I stand against rape and rape culture.
I stand against the rot in the church. @timidakolo I am 100% with you. #istandwithbusoladakolo
I rest my case on this matter now.
Let the place scatter!!”
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sapphire Group and member of COZA church Wale Jana has apologised after he accused singer Timi Dakolo and wife, Busola Dakolo of strategically defaming his pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.
Busola in an interview with Chude Jidenowo on Friday accused the man of God of raping her when she was only 17-years-old.
According to her, Pastor Fatoyinbo came to her house one morning unannounced when her mother and sisters were not around and raped her.
Moments after the interview gained prominence, Wale Jana mounted a strong defence for his pastor while alleging that Busola and her husband fabricated the rape story to push their products.
He said: “I know the world gets emotional the moment a woman mentions that she was raped but if you will take a minute to think objectively; the oldest way a woman can try to destroy a man is to accuse him of rape. Any man is guilty of this offence in the eyes of the public until otherwise and if she has a little social status like the wife of a struggling musician like @timidakolo it makes it look credible.”
He continued: “Why is she doing this? Timi and wife are a pawn in a conspiracy and also because it will help him sell some records which he desperately needs to sell, they will also trend for a while, she has already opened unbroken.ng an online platform to cash in on the drama just like @esewalter and then it’s over!”
Wale’s remark was vehemently criticised by a section of the public. After a sober reflection, the COZA church member has rendered an unqualified apology.
His Instagram post reads:
“There has been a lot of misunderstanding due to my earlier post and Its important to clarify that I DON’T SUPPORT RAPE! I am a father of two lovely daughters and a beautiful wife.
“I am surrounded by women; Sapphire Group is made up of close to 1000 women and we have done a lot for women empowerment and will continue to do so. I apologise to everyone my previous post has offended as it is insensitive to victims of rape. Pastor
“Biodun Fatoyinbo has also come out to refute the allegations leveled against him, it is now a legal matter and the truth will come to light.
“Please accept my apologies and I will be more sensitive in the future.”
See apology below:
The question is if our churches are not safe were on earth is safe?? The Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) church is facing attack due to the rape allegations on their senior Pastor, Biodun.
Last week we introduced the new Ndani series titled Oga Pastor with the headline “Fear the Pastor” and within the week singer Timi’s wife came out and narrated her encounter with the senior pastor of COZA church many years ago which almost relates to Oga Pastor.
Although Oga Pastor is yet to rape anyone he is sleeping with most of the female members in the church. In this episode, Chinwe tries to speak to Pastor Gesh, but is forced to leave abruptly when Olaitan walks in on their conversation. Nana is happier with Kunle, or is she?
Musician Banky W and public service reformer Dr Joe Abah have publicly promised to provide funds for Busola Dakolo to cover her legal fees should Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo sue her.
But Biodun Fatoyinbo, founder of the Common Wealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), has denied allegations of rape against him by Busola Dakolo and is threatening to “pursue every measure within the ambits of the law to bring the culprits to justice”.
Although Fatoyinbo admitted that Busola Dakolo and her family “attended the church during the early start of the church in 1999”, he claimed he “never had any private interactions with her beyond my pastoral duties.”
Reacting to the pastor’s denial and threat to sue, Dr. Abah said he will “set aside a little money to contribute to her defence” and pleaded with others to do same.
His plea seems to have fallen on fertile grounds as Banky W also promised to assist in that regard.
Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo has responded to Rape allegations against him made by Busola Dakolo.
Biodun Fatoyinbo has debunked her allegations and also said he would use legal means to fight and sought out the truth.
See the statement released on Instagram below: