Biodun Fatoyinbo, senior pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), has provoked the ire of Nigerians on social media following accusations of rape by Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer and wife of Timi Dakolo.

In a now-viral video of an interview with Chude Jideonwo of YNaija, Busola shared explosive details of how the flamboyant pastor raped her as a teenager in her home in Ilorin.

“Immediately I opened the door (of her house in Ilorin), he just pushed me, he didn’t say anything, he didn’t utter any word, he just pushed me to one of the chairs in my living room,” she recounted.

“I saw him, he was removing his belt, he just said: ‘keep quiet, do what I want you to do and you will be fine.”

This has stirred outrage and condemnation across social media platforms and is currently top on the menu of Twitter trends.

While a segment of users want him “castrated and thrown in jail” others are not pleased that Busola had to wait this long to break her silence.

“If the Allegations by Busola Dakolo, Timi Dakolo’s wife should be taken up and Proven to be true, The Coza Pastor should be Castrated and thrown in Jail…. Anyone that Says “Touch not my anointed”, should also be thrown into Jail for at least 10 years with Hard labour,” said a user.

“Busola Dakolo should have reported COZA Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo to the elders in the church about it and not to the public or her husband. Says a religion fanatic. I worship at COZA and not the Pastor” says a fool. Judge not the Pastor so you don’t be judge, says a hypocrite,” another user wrote.

Celebrities also had a thing to say concerning the issue.

Bankole Wellington, Nigerian singer better known as Banky W, also commended her courage in speaking out and offered his support.

‘This was so hard to watch. I am so sorry you went through this nightmare. But I am SOOOO PROUD of you for sharing your truth. You didn’t speak up for yourself alone, but for all the voiceless victims who have suffered similar horrors at the hands of predators like him,” he wrote.

“Sending love, light and support your way. We are standing by you and @timidakolo. God bless, protect and strengthen you. Stay strong. You are incredible. #Unbroken #Unchained#iStandWithBusola.

Funmi Iyanda, media personality, also offered her support and called for the prosecution of the pastor.

“I believe Busola Dakolo. Every word she uttered. There are many layers of power, politics, manipulation and crime woven through her brave revelations. I expect that Pastor Biodun will go to jail or whatever the equivalent of that is in Nigeria now.” she said.

Here is what some Nigerians had to say:

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I woke up to several missed calls, and text messages. My friends know my relationship with @cozaglobal. Let me say this. COZA is my church. I love my pastor… But rape, is a serious issue. My stomach churns as I write this. I spoke with @timidakolo a week ago and tried to understand why he had taken a stance against my pastor. I had just come back from honeymoon when all my friends sent me his attacks to my pastor a few weeks ago. I sought to understand, not to attack. I was under so much turmoil too because this is my church, my pastor, and I cannot go around like nothing is happening and the church isn't addressing anything or re-assuring the members. We must not see evil and cover it. We must not see evil and turn the other way. You all know me. I attack and speak out against corrupt political leaders everytime. Well, this has hit home. Our leaders and our fathers must be held accountable. And they must deem us worthy to be answerable to. If we cannot clean in the church, forget it. We cannot clean the country. I am tired of hearing so much, so much rubbish about my church and leadership over the years especially cos of the industry I belong to, nothing passes our ears behind the scene. My pastor @biodunfatoyinbo has to say something this time. If the rest of the church does not need it, I need it. For my sake, sir… Speak on this. I stand with @busoladakolo as she has spoken her truth. I stand with the body of christ also. I ask that my pastor come out and speak his own truth. I am praying for the church. Please let us pray for both the Dakolo and the Fatoyinbo families. (wife and kids). In the end, if we need to, let us scatter the place… Then the truth will stand up. 💔

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