By Toby Prince
Musician, Banky W, has praised Busola Dakolo, wife of a colleague, Timi Dakolo, for talking about being raped by Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA).
The mother of three made the accusation in an interview with Chude Jideonwo on YNaija TV.
In the interview, Mrs Dakolo revealed that as a teenager in the Divine Delight Club, the precursor to COZA, she was groomed and raped by the pastor.
She said it happened while she was a 16-year-old secondary school student living with her parents in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Narrating an incident, she said: “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.
“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.’”
Reacting to the news, Banky W wrote a message of support to her in the comment section of her last Instagram post.
“You are an incredibly brave and strong lady, I’m SOOOOO proud of you for speaking your truth. You didn’t speak up for yourself alone, but for all voiceless victims who have been put through similar horrors. Sending love, light and support your way. God bless you, my dear. God bless you,” he wrote.
Nigerians joined the singer to praise the celebrity photographer for speaking about it the abuse candidly.
You didn’t believe Ese Walter
You didn’t believe other women.
Busola Dakolo is speaking up and you don’t believe her.
If you’re still defending COZA Pastor Biodun, you’re an enabler of rape.
— Brother Parody (@BrotherParody) June 28, 2019
You people are really questioning Busola Dakolo’s choice of dressing the first time she was raped.
The time was 7am.
She was in her parents’ house.
She had just woken up in her nightie because it would be bizarre to wear iro and Nuba to bed.
Some of you lots must be mad bastards
— IG: virtuousi (@Osastheking) June 28, 2019
The men dragging Busola Dakolo for speaking up are in summary SCUM, but you see the women dragging her, their scum is scummier. Y’all should be eternally ashamed of yourselves. I have no words for the xtians who lack courage, in faith, to demand a response from their COZA pastor
— Kene Francis (@kenechuqu) June 28, 2019
So i just heard an elderly woman say that Busola Dakolo should be happy that it was an anointed pastor that disvirgined her. The name of that woman must be God forbid because…..some people really have okro seeds for brains in this country! #COZA pic.twitter.com/2oYbWun39E
— The_Ehneskaytim (@ehneskay) June 28, 2019
Why are you stupid people asking why Busola Dakolo is just speaking out now? She speaks now or she couldn’t speak out earlier when the rape happened, does it really matter ? Ffs Rape is rape. Only God knows the truth.
— SIMI SCOTT (@Ms_Simieyscott) June 28, 2019