The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has urged celebrity photographer, Busola Dakolo and the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo to reconcile and leave their past behind them.
CAN lamented that the image of the church in Nigeria has been dented by the rape saga and the court proceedings.
Busola accused Fatoyinbo of raping her when she was 16 years in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The judge held that the case was empty and purely sentimental. He further explained that the case was aimed more at cruelty than at obtaining justice.
The court also awarded costs of N1m against Busola Dakolo and held that the fine should have been 10 times more because the court’s time was wasted.
But Busola vowed to appeal the court ruling.
However, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, Media Aide to CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle, told Vanguard that church preaches forgiveness and reconciliation, hence the duo should forgive one another.
“While we note that the image of the Nigerian Church and its leadership was dented before and during the court proceedings, CAN urges Pastor Fatoyinbo and Mrs Dakolo, to put away all that has transpired and reconcile.
“The Church preaches forgiveness and reconciliation, and that is our position as the umbrella body of Christians in the country.
“We begrudge neither Pastor Fatoyinbo nor Busola Dakolo, and urge them to extend a similar hand of love and fellowship to each other.”