Omoni Oboli, actress and film director, has set Nigerian Twittersphere abuzz following her submission on the rape narrative by Busola Dakolo, celebrity photographer.

Busola, wife of Timi Dakolo, had claimed that Biodun Fatoyinbo, senior pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) sexually abused her as a teenager.

Although Fatoyinbo denied the allegation, the pastor has been widely criticised; till he was pressured to step down.

The award-winning actress took to Instagram to weigh in on the matter.

Oboli shared a long epistle in which she said she was trying to get all the facts before taking sides in the rape scandal.

Despite her support for Busola, she said that there were some inconsistencies in her claims which she believed was born out of ”truthfulness”.

“The Bible warns us to “be quick to hear, be slow to speak, and be slow to wrath, and going by my personal experience of seeing how quickly many took sides without first getting all the facts, weighing it against the character of all the parties involved, given our antecedents, and then drawing conclusions from evidence and an objective comparative analysis of the accounts, rather than from emotions, envy, the thrill of seeing strife, I have waited to digest the whole matter first,” she wrote.

“What’s her motive for speaking out? Was it just to spite the pastor in question? Was it to destroy his reputation, or gain some financial advantage? Was it to build followership through the scandal that would surely come, not knowing that the pendulum could swing in either direction, for or against her? What exactly would spur a wife of a reputable and beloved entertainer, a mother, a businesswoman, with a beautiful life, coveted by many, to come out to make this kind of accusation?

“Given her antecedent of being a calm, ‘dramaless’ queen (unless Timi says otherwise), with no history of seeking attention or being overly dramatic (at least not publicly), how did she get to this point of going public at such a time as this simply to make ‘spurious’ accusations against a ‘man of God’, as some have said in a bid to sound ‘objective’?

“I listened to the story, and because I know her husband and his personality, I restrained myself from trying to weigh in based on the emotions that came flooding in, but here’s the thing, there was some incoherency in some of the claims, not because I believe she lied about them, but in my opinion was born out of the truthfulness of the real account. Why do I say that? Because unless you planned your own rape, the accounts are expected to sound incredible and spurious, and I suspect that’s why we don’t have so many convictions in many rape cases. Is there a manual, or rapist playbook that’s being distributed to all would-be rape victims (aka all women, and some boys and men) that I missed that gives point by point descriptions.

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I don’t know where to start concerning the story that’s still unfolding as I write.
The Bible warns us to “be quick to hear, be slow to speak, and be slow to wrath”, and going by my personal experience of seeing how quickly many took sides without first getting all the facts, weighing it against the character of all the parties involved, given our antecedents, and then drawing conclusions from evidence and an objective comparative analysis of the accounts, rather than from emotions, envy, the thrill of seeing strife, I have waited to digest the whole matter first.
What’s her motive for speaking out? Was it just to spite the pastor in question? Was it to destroy his reputation, or gain some financial advantage? Was it to build followership through the scandal that would surely come, not knowing that the pendulum could swing in either direction, for or against her? What exactly would spur a wife of a reputable and beloved entertainer, a mother, a business woman, with a beautiful life, coveted by many, to come out to make this kind of accusation?
Given her antecedent of being a calm, ‘dramaless’ queen (unless Timi says otherwise), with no history of seeking attention or being overly dramatic (at least not publicly), how did she get to this point of going public at such a time as this simply to make ‘spurious’ accusations against a ‘man of god’, as some have said in a bid to sound ‘objective’? I listened to the story, and because I know her husband, and his personality, I restrained myself from trying to weigh in based on the emotions that came flooding in, but here’s the thing, there was some incoherency in some of the claims, not because I believe she lied about them, but in my opinion was born out of the truthfulness of the real account. Why do I say that? Because unless you planned your own rape, the accounts are expected to sound incredible and spurious, and I suspect that’s why we don’t have so many convictions in many rape cases. Is there a manual, or rapist playbook that’s being distributed to all would-be rape victims (aka all women, and some boys and men) that I missed that gives point by point descriptions…(slide right for rest of my write up 🙏🏾)

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Her submission has since generated mixed reactions on Twitter.

While some users think she wrote the piece to show off her impressive vocabulary without making a valid point, others are highlighting the “comprehension issues’ of her critics.

“It’s obvious what side of the fence Omoni Oboli is sitting going by her awesome write up. But those with huge comprehension issues have chosen to misinterpret her stance and call her names. She’s unequivocally on the side of Busola Dakolo, let that sink,” a Twitter user said.

“Omoni Oboli was comfortably sitting on the fence. She was actually talking from both sides of her mouth. Why did she speak up now? Okay, there are holes in her story but there are no perfect rape stories unless they’re scripted,” said another user.

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