Buhari, Mourn CAN Secretary, Asake

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday commiserated with the Christian community on the death of the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Musa Asake.

The President’s condolence message was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari joins the national leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Christian community in Nigeria in mourning the passing on of the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. (Dr.) Musa Asake.

“The President, while commiserating with the family of the late reverend, prays that God Almighty will comfort all those who mourn the departed, and grant his soul eternal rest.”

Meanwhile, the Northern Christian Elders Forum said it received with shock the death of Asake, describing him as a hero.

The organisation also described him as the epitome of humility whose death “has created a very big vacuum in the body of Christ in Nigeria.”

The Public Relations Officer of NOCEF, Sunday Oibe, in a statement issued on Friday, entitled, ‘Musa Asake: We’ve lost a strong pillar’, said the deceased was humble, unassuming and not materialistic.

According to him, Asake will be greatly missed in the conglomeration of 15 churches under the aegis of Tarayar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (meaning, Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Christians) and Evangelical Church Winning All.

Our correspondent learnt that he died on Friday morning in Abuja after a long battle with his health.

CAN confirmed Asake’s death.

In a statement by Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant (Media & Communications) to the CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle.

It said that Asake died on Friday, May 11, 2018, after a brief illness.

“His last official assignment was the press conference he addressed few days ago on the incessant killings in the country, where CAN called on Christians to embark on a peaceful protest with a view to waking up the Federal Government and the security agencies to their constitutional responsibilities. Asake’s burial to be announced later,” the statement added.

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His brother and former member of the House of Representatives, Jonathan Asake, confirmed the death in an interview with NEWS MEN.

“Yes, he died this morning; we are in the mortuary right now. I was with him yesterday (Thursday) in his house,” he said.

A source alleged that throughout the time he was battling with his health, “some senior officials of CAN neither visited him nor made any effort to contribute money, but were busy playing politics.”

“Now that he is dead, the battle for his successor will make or destroy CAN, except God intervenes,” the source added.

The deceased, an indigene of Southern Kaduna, was vocal in the defence of Christianity in Nigeria

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