Fatoyinbo Steps Down As Senior Pastor Of COZA

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Biodun Fatoyinbo, Founder and Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, has stepped down from his position in the church.

This is coming a day after a massive protest was staged at his Lagos and Abuja churches after Busola Dakolo revealed Fatoyinbo raped her multiple times.

Fatoyinbo disclosed this in a statement asking the people to pray for him as he claimed not to “understand all that is happening.”

The statement reads, “The past few days have been sobering for me. I have taken time to pray and seek spiritual counsel from Christian leaders around the world who feel very concerned about the ongoing reports in the media. I have solicited their guidance on actions I should take that are honouring to our Lord Jesus Christ and the work He has called me to do.

“Drawing from their counsel and that of the leadership of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly and owing to my love for God’s work and the sacred honour of my calling, I have decided to take a leave of absence from the pulpit of church.

“Although it would break my heart to tatters to stay a day without doing ministry, I believe it is the right thing to do at this time. It is in the interest of the flock of Christ that issues concerning me do not become a distraction to their worship of their Lord.

“This step enables me to submit to the concerns of my spiritual mentors as they consider all the issues that have been raised against me.

“My confidence in the Lord remains unwavering. Though I do not understand all that is happening, I trust the Lord to lead and guide me one step at a time. Kindly pray for me and the congregation of COZA as we seek the face of the Lord during these turbulent times.”

Though he claimed to have listened to his mentors who advised him to take the decision, it was gathered that he was forced to step down to enable investigation and reduce public outcry on the rape allegations.

Poju Oyemade, Senior Pastor Covenant Christian Centre and Convener The Platform Nigeria, had revealed that he contacted “spiritual leader in the Body of Christ I believe Pastor Biodun defers in authority to,” and they compelled him to step down and cancel his annual Seven Days of Glory.

Oyemade said, “I immediately contacted the spiritual leader in the Body of Christ I believe Pastor Biodun defers in authority to, to wade into the issue and bring about a decision.

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Many Americans say their financial situation is worse since the Great Recession

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The Great Recession has officially been over for a decade. For many Americans, there’s little reason to celebrate.

The median family income, after accounting for inflation, was $59,039 in 2016, little different than it was in 2000 ($58,544). During the same time, medical, childcare and college costs have ballooned.

To be sure, the economy has bounced back from when the unemployment rate spiked at 10%  in 2009 and more than 15 million Americans were out of work. Today the unemployment rate is 3.6%. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced in the U.S., rose at a 2.6% annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2018. During the recession, it fell 4.3%, the largest decline since World War II.

Yet, Hamrick said, “It’s not like you can import that data into your personal experiences.”

“Surveys like this help to provide the detail and the colors of the economy, which remind us that individual results vary,” he said.

How much people have recovered from the crisis, he said, has a lot to do with where they live, the sector in which they work and how damaged they were by the recession. Gender also plays a role.

Twenty-seven percent of women say their overall financial situation is worse today than before the recession, compared to 19% of men.

“Women face bias in the workplace and that exhibits itself in the pay and opportunities for advancement that they’re given,” Hamrick said.

He said the next economic slump, whenever it occurs, could be particularly damaging. “Many Americans are still digging out from the recession,” he said. “Even a modest downturn is going to cause further harm to Americans’ personal finances.”

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