Buhari, CAN, PFN mourn as Bonnke dies at 79

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JOHN AMEH, ADELANI ADEPEGBA, and ABIO­DUN NEJO

GER­MAN tele­vi­sion evan­ge­list, rein­hard bonnke, has died at the age of 79.

His wife, Annie, in a state­ment on Satur­day an­nounced the pass­ing of the pen­te­costal min­is­ter.

“It is with sor­row that the bonnke fam­ily would like to an­nounce the pass­ing of our beloved hus­band, fa­ther, and grand­fa­ther, Evan­ge­list rein­hard bonnke. He passed away peace­fully, sur­rounded by his fam­ily, on De­cem­ber 7, 2019,” it stated.

bonnke was born on April 19, 1940, and was known for his gospel mis­sions through­out Africa since 1967.

He was cred­ited with the con­ver­sion of over 75 mil­lion peo­ple.

Mourn­ing the pas­sage of the Ger­man tel­e­van­ge­list, the Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria de­scribed his death as a huge loss to the body of Christ all over the world.

The CAN Pres­i­dent, rev Sam­son Ayokunle, in a state­ment by his Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Pas­tor bayo Oladeji, de­scribed bonnke as “one of the great­est gen­er­als of the gospel of eter­nal sal­va­tion through our Lord Je­sus Christ on earth.”

He noted, “CAN and the en­tire Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties in Nige­ria join the rest of Chris­tians all over the world to mourn this fiery preacher and teacher of the Gospel and men­tor to sev­eral evan­gel­i­cal lead­ers all around the world to­day.”

“rein­hard bonnke has reached Africa and coun­tries of the world through his min­istry called Christ For All Na­tions preach­ing the gospel of our Lord Je­sus Christ through which mil­lions of souls were saved into the King­dom of God or re­ceived their heal­ings,” the CAN pres­i­dent added.

The state­ment fur­ther main­tained that the body of Christ had lost one of its great­est as­sets.

It prayed to God to com­fort his widow, Anne.

Also, the Pen­te­costal Fel­low­ship of Nige­ria has ex­pressed sad­ness over bonnke’s death, say­ing he would be missed by mil­lions of Nige­ri­ans.

PFN Na­tional Pres­i­dent, rev Felix Omobude, in a state­ment com­mis­er­ated with his fam­ily and all mem­bers of Christ for All Na­tions.

He said, “Even though, it is a tran­si­tion to glory, as hu­mans, we are sad to see the de­par­ture of a man who made such a tremen­dous im­pact in Nige­ria through his evan­gel­i­cal work span­ning over five decades.

“bonnke truly im­pacted his gen­er­a­tion and the Church in Nige­ria will al­ways be grate­ful to him for the work God used him to do in our coun­try.”

In recog­ni­tion of his mas­sive evan­gel­i­cal work in Nige­ria, the PFN re­called that it pre­sented bonnke a life­time achieve­ment award dur­ing his last cru­sade in the coun­try in 2017.

Also, Pres­i­dent Muham­madu buhari has mourned the death of the renowned evan­ge­list. He de­scribed the evan­ge­list as “a great loss to Nige­ria, Africa and en­tire world.”

The Pres­i­dency said buhari joined Chris­ten­dom in re­call­ing the good deeds of bonnke, par­tic­u­larly his nu­mer­ous cru­sades in Nige­ria, Africa and the whole world to spread the mes­sage of Je­sus Christ.

A state­ment re­leased by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Mr Femi Adesina, read in part, “The Pres­i­dent con­doles with the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Ger­many, fam­ily and friends of the great preacher and teacher of the bi­ble, and all his co-labour­ers in the vine­yard, pray­ing that the good Lord will com­fort all those that mourn him.

“Pres­i­dent Buhari af­firms that bonnke’s cru­sades in Nige­ria, across Africa and the globe strongly ac­cen­tu­ated the mes­sage of Je­sus Christ, and his vi­sion and zeal for the sal­va­tion of souls clearly helped the world in un­der­stand­ing the power of love and kind­ness as a uni­ver­sal language.

“The Pres­i­dent prays that

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party women leader, Salome Abuh, who was burnt alive af­ter the Novem­ber 16 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in Kogi State, has been laid to rest in her home­town, Aji-obala, Ofu Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state.

She was laid to rest amidst tears and eu­logy from no­table PDP fig­ures at the United Evan­gel­i­cal Church, Idah on Satur­day.

read­ing from rev­e­la­tion 14:13, the of­fi­ci­at­ing min­is­ter, rev John Adino, lamented that some politi­cians had lost fo­cus in pro­vid­ing the ba­sic so­cial ameni­ties to bet­ter the lives of the peo­ple but rather ac­quir­ing wealth that be­longed to the peo­ple. The cler­gy­man urged politi­cians to bear in mind that one day, they would ac­count for their deeds be­fore God, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on Satur­day.

In his trib­ute, the de­ceased’s hus­band, Mr Simeon Abuh, said his wife paid the supreme price for Igala land through pol­i­tics, de­scrib­ing her as a mar­tyr whose po­lit­i­cal sagac­ity would re­main fresh in the minds of her po­lit­i­cal as­so­ciates.

He called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to en­sure that the per­pe­tra­tors of the heinous act are ar­rested and brought to book.

In his re­marks, the PDP gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date in the elec­tion, Mr Musa Wada, said Mrs Abuh died for Kogi State and the Almighty God will ac­cept the soul of the de­parted preacher, be­liev­ing that his leg­endary con­tri­bu­tions to the body of Christ in teach­ing and writ­ing will al­ways be re­mem­bered by pos­ter­ity.”

I’ve no de­sire to Bonnke’s shoes – Kolenda

Mean­while, Daniel Kolenda, the suc­ces­sor to bonnke, has said he does not de­sire to fill the late evan­ge­list’s shoes.

Kolenda, who is the Pres­i­dent/ceo of CFAN, said his de­sire was to fill the shoes God or­dained for him.

but his suc­ces­sor, Kolenda, said he did not de­sire to fill the CFAN founder’s shoes, say­ing, “I had no de­sire to fill Rein­hard bonnke’s shoes. I al­ways have the de­sire to fill the shoes God has as­signed to me.

“In those shoes, there is grace, there is anoint­ing and I can say by the grace of God, we have seen an in­crease since rein­hard bonnke handed over the min­istry to me. There has been an in­crease be­cause noth­ing di­min­ishes in God.”

Kolenda stated this on Fri­day at the on­go­ing cru­sade in Ado Ek­iti, Ek­iti State. The cru­sade was or­gan­ised by CFAN in con­junc­tion with var­i­ous Chris­tian bod­ies, in­clud­ing the Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria.

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