By Nneoma Ekwegh
Recently Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA who was accused by celebrity photographer Bukola Dakolo of rape returned to pastoring the church on Sunday. People took to social media to express their surprise since the allegation is still under investigation. Below are some tweets on Bidoun Fatoyinbo’s return to the pulpit:
But Biodun Fatoyibo is not the only public figure who has faced salacious allegations and yet continued to function like the whole case was the figment of our imagination.
In 2006 actress Ibinabo Fiberesima was involved in an accident that ended the life of Dr. Suraj Giwa. In 2016 she was found guilty by a High Court and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. An appeal was made in the supreme court shortly after. However, by 2018 she was contesting for the post of Local government in Rivers State, with the case still pending.
Consider the issue of Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje that went viral in 2018. Six videos surfaced where the governor was seen allegedly accepting bribe from unidentified contractors to the tune of $5 million. When he was invited for questioning by the states House of Assembly panel investigating the allegations against him, he sent the state’s commissioner instead. A lot of time was spent by Ganduje and his team denying the authenticity of the video and trying to stop the investigation. Eventually a high court in Kano granted an order of injunction restraining the House of Assembly investigative committee from further investigation on the allegation. And just like that the case has been forgotten.
Let’s talk about SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad), music artiste Falz even released a music video depicting their brutality for the world to see. Nigerians have been lamenting their intense brutality on innocent citizens for years. SARS operatives have been linked to a number of violent crimes in the country. There was the death of Kolade Williams in April this year, fast-forward to July and sadly another innocent civilian Francis Eni a cleaner was gunned down by SARS officials. There have been protest across the country for the powers that be to put an end to SARS and their reign of terror. In spite of all the evidence against them there has been no significant improvement.
Then there is the 2019 viral video of Senator Elisha Abbo. He was caught on tape physically assaulting a woman, and barely a month after the video went viral he was honored with an ICON at democracy award.
So, to those Nigerians who are stunned by the pastor’s bold return to the public, he is not the first and he will not be the last. Nigeria is a country of no consequence for those who have the right connections. How else will you explain why acts of fraud, rape, assault, and murder are swept under the rug for everyone to carry on as usual? Their audacity must not intimidate us though, these walking headlines count on us talking today but becoming quiet tomorrow. But when tomorrow comes let them find us still talking, still asking questions. Our resolve for justice must be sturdier than their acts of defiance.