No one can replace you, Modele Fatoyinbo tells husband

Modele Fatoyinbo, wife of the embattled founder of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo, has said no one can replace her husband.

This comes after Fatoyinbo announced on Monday that he would embark on a leave of absence in light of the rape allegations made against him by Busola, wife of inspirational singer, Timi Dakolo.

Busola alleged that the pastor sexually molested her twice within a week when she was a minor, several years ago.

The COZA pastor, however, denied the allegations and threatened to take legal action against the Dakolos.

Busola’s claim sparked outrage, which led to protests by a group of 126 civil society organisations and individuals under the aegis of the #ChurchToo Movement, at Fatoyinbo’s church in Abuja and Lagos on Sunday.

Fatoyinbo, however, made an appearance on Monday, the first day of a one-week prayer and fast of the church.

Modele Fatoyinbo and the altar

At the end of the prayers, which Modele led, her husband emerged from the backstage wearing a red Balenciaga T-shirt and accompanied by three men to his designated seat in front of the congregation.

Modele, told the congregants to loud cheers that no one on earth was capable of replacing Fatoyinbo.

She said, “Pastor doesn’t want me to talk. It’s fine. I just want to tell you, pastor, because we have strangers, that on behalf of your sons and daughters. We have strangers in this house — strange sons and daughters. But God will close the heavens over them in the name of Jesus.

“I just want to say we love you. You are our pastor; nobody can take your place. It’s always good to assure people that you love them, not only when you feel that everything is fine with them, even much more when you feel that they are not (loved).”

Modele told the congregants that Fatoyinbo remained their pastor despite the alleged 20-year-old rape.

Turning to Fatoyinbo, she said, “You know your friends when you’re in trouble. So, we don’t want you to doubt in your heart. As for Modele, until I see Jesus, my surname cannot change. So, you better calm down.

“We love you and you have always taught us well. You have always stood on that stage to teach us that even though anybody might be coming from anywhere, God loves them and accepts them. You have never preached condemnation; you have never peached that we cannot change or make it.

“Nobody on earth can take your place in our lives in spite of ’20 years’? Where are you coming from? Nobody can take your place.”


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  1. The lady has said what she should say as a wife of the accused-I mean, Hillary Clinton defended her husband during Monica’s issue. Pst Modele has a lot at stake, she has been with the Pst Biodun when he has nothing and they built everything together.
    There is more to this, I keep fingers cross and wait for the law to take its cause, but I tell you, this too shall pass away unless there is structure in place and true justice prevail in Nigeria.
    I don’t want us to be emotional, we just need to act because is not about the parties involved alone, is about the foundation of “African culture” of calling penis “Kokoro”, making sex a sacred word and breeding gullibility in children. This calls for orientation, exposition, and teaching consent to our children. Is time for mothers/fathers to be healed of their childhood pain of abuse as well so that they can lovingly parent a fearless, powerful and loving children.

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