Buhari, CAN, PFN mourn as Bonnke dies at 79
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.