The Northern Christian Elders Forum, NOCEF, has cried out over the death of the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev (Dr) Musa Asake, who they said relied on Jesus each time he was insulted or tempted to fight.
The northern Christian elders, in a statement signed on Friday by their public relations officer, Sunday Oibe, said they received news of the demise with shock, even as they described the deceased as an epitome of humility, unassuming and selfless man who is not greedy.
The group stated that Asake “held on to his fate very strongly and his passion for the church in Nigeria, particularly in the North is very wonderful”, stressing that he was a hero who deserves to be celebrated.
Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant, (Media & Communications) to the CAN President, Rev (Dr) Samson Ayokunle, had while confirming the death of Asake, disclosed that the “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 with the security agencies to its constitutional responsibilities”.
Meanwhile, NOCEF said of the late CAN scribe, “You can see the humility of Jesus Christ in him. Anytime we talk, Philippians Chapter 2 guides him. It said, ‘let this man be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.’ He is guided by the spirit of humility, as exemplified by the Lord, Jesus Christ. People who are Junior to Asake will abuse him. And Asake will take it humbly.
“He doesn’t fight in defence of himself, he fights in defence of his faith and fights for the less-privileged people; even when people insult and fight him, Asake will say, ‘Jesus is enough to defend me.’ Those of us in NOCEF, we are in pains. We have lost one great man among us, we in the TEKAN/ECWA family have lost a great leader.”