The drama from the protest at the Abuja Headquarters of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA); where Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, Founder of the church accused by Busola Dakolo of sexually abusing her on multiple occasions, appears not to be over as another group of protesters have emerged bearing placards in support of the cleric.
As seen in a number of video clips posted on Twitter, while members of the public under the umbrella of a group called #ChurchToo Movement protesting against Pastor Fatoyinbo’s continuous leadership of the church inspite of the allegations against him, a group of young men and locals from the community showed up at the scene with their own placards bearing inscriptions such as “Pastor Biodun is our Father,” “Pastor Biodun is a great mentor,” told journalists on ground that they were hired to march in favour of the cleric.
While the authenticity of the allegations are yet to be proven, one of the protesters alleged that the church authority promised them N10,000 each to carry out the protest.
Came out to cover the protest against #Cozapastor, #BiodunFatoyinbo and pro-Fatoyinbo protesters emerge out of nowhere. This guy says he doesn't know Fatoyinbo but they were paid 10k each by a guy called "Paparazzi" to come protest. #stepdownpastor #notinmychurch #notorape pic.twitter.com/p9OXX9lIx2
— Goodness Adaoyiche (@Deadlinechic) June 30, 2019
This is disgraceful…church hired placards. Fatoyinbo’s minions. pic.twitter.com/kB7CY0RVPq
— Tamunodenyefa (@prayziz) June 30, 2019
In a previous report published Sunday by YNaija, protesters bearing placards and banners with different inscriptions, including ‘PASTOR STEP DOWN’ met security operatives at both branches of the church while journalists and others on the peaceful march at the church Headquarters, located in Guzape met stiff resistance from the security authorities and protocol unit of the church, forcing them to sit on the floor to make their demands.
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Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq is a Journalist, Political Analyst and Satirist with major interest in Nigerian Politics, Governance and Sports.
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