Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo returns to the pulpit

Pastor Fatoyinbo (Image credit: Salvation Hub)

The Head Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) has returned to the pulpit after reportedly battling stroke since April 2022. The preacher last posted on his personal Instagram page in April and the recent photos of him revealed his frail look. He was also looking older than his former self.

Christianity Nigeria had reported several reactions that trailed the cleric’s new look. However, he seems to have gotten back in shape as he has planted new branches of his church in Manchester and Birmingham, United Kingdom. He was also seen on the pulpit preaching on Sunday.

When recent pictures of Pastor Fatoyinbo started circulating, some people attached several meanings to it. Some even linked his ailment to his cases of sexual allegations. However, other people have contrary opinions.

A pastor and software engineer, Charles Awuzie, posted on Facebook, “I have been in the Pentecostal ministry for decades and share close bonds with most senior pastors across Nigeria.

“When Dr. Uma Ukpai came to COZA in April, our brother Biodun was not well. After that meeting, his condition worsened. I got several calls from top leaders in the country. I sat down with many more and we wished him a quick recovery.

“Living in denial is not proof of love. Love is vulnerably sharing one’s seasons with those who look up to them and that’s what this post is all about. I share my personal story here too. This is to inspire compassion and not condemnation or argument.

“Be kind to everyone – the poor and the rich, popular and unpopular, we are all going through the same thing. Sickness is not a shame…It is an announcement of our shared humanity. Change your mindset about these things.”

Also, a self-acclaimed relationship coach, Solomon Buchi, also advised against condemning Pastor Fatoyinbo. He said, “If you are a Christian and you gloated over those lanky photos of Pastor Fatoyinbo of COZA, your heart is not right, no matter what was said in the past, never gloat over someone’s ill-health or even wish them evil. This isn’t Christian at all..."

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