Rev. Isreal Akanji, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, North-Central chapter, has sent his prayers to the embattled senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo.
Akanji, who was among the CAN members that visited the Fatoyinbo, said he did not regret paying a solidarity visit to Fatoyinbo, as he prayed for him during his sermon last Sunday, PUNCH reports.
Akanji, who leads the First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja, also prayed for Timi Dakolo and his family.
The National President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, had also dissociated the national body of CAN from the actions of Akanji and Samson.
“I still pray for that pastor (Fatoyinbo). I am not sure he erred; I have no right to judge because I don’t know whether the accusations against him are true or false. It has yet to be determined but even if t is true, I still pray that God will restore him fully to the work of the ministry,” the leader of First Baptist Church, Abuja, said.
He added that, “now, people may have different opinions but I hold the bible as the pastor, First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja. I have no regret that I went to that church (COZA). I didn’t go there to endorse evil but I wanted to say that even if you are the worst sinner, Jesus Christ still has a place for you.”
After the sermon, the cleric conducted a three-minute prayer in which he prophesied that anyone planning to close down COZA would fail.
“I pray that all those who have seen this as an entry point to fight the Christian faith in this nation will fail in the name of Jesus. God, I pray for that Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo. He told me he gave his life to Christ in the Baptist Student Fellowship of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ilorin.
“I didn’t go there (COZA) because he was a Baptist. I didn’t know he had anything to do with Baptist. I just went and he saw me as a father. I thank you, God. And I pray that you intervene such that the needed correction should there be any, be made
Akanji also held a 13-second prayer for the Dakolos, asking God to heal them if indeed they were hurt by Fatoyinbo.
“I pray that the family which felt wounded, should that be true, please heal their minds, restore them as well,” he prayed.