The General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev Dr Musa Asake, on Friday died at age 66, after a brief illness. This came few days after he addressed a press conference on the incessant killings in the country where CAN called on Christians to embark on a peaceful protest with a view to wakening the Federal Government and the security agencies to their constitutional responsibilities.
His demise was confirmed Friday afternoon in a statement issued by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant on Media & Communications to the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle.
Asake was born on 15 September, 1952, Ung/Rimi Bajju-Kafanchan in Zango Kataf Local Government Council of Kaduna state. Between 1999 and May 2005, he was the General Secretary of the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, with its headquarters in Jos, Nigeria.
The deceased was a pastor and teacher, conference speaker and counselor, rose to the office with a wealth of family, educational, academic, pastoral, teaching, education and church administration, cross-cultural, national and international, government and political experiences.
He started his pastoral career as an assistant and senior pastor at the ECWA Church, Unguwar Rimi, Bajju, his hometown in Zangon Kataf Local Government in 1976. In 1996, he became the pastor-in-charge of ECWA Headquarters Church in Jos on completion of his doctorate degree in philosophy, PhD at the Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas, USA with specialization in Bible Exposition.
Between 1976 and 2012, the now-late CAN General Secretary pastored at three different churches and lectured part-time at Jos Theological Seminary (JETS).
He was a member of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, NIREC, between 1999 and 2005, served as chairman and member of several Christian boards and governing councils, like the Plateau State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board where he was chairman between 2003 and 2005.
Asake served as a member of the Board of Trustee, ECWA Bingham University and became chairman, Ministers Development Initiative (MDI), Jos, Nigeria.
Asake, who lived in North America for 10 years, had travelled to countries like the UK, Germany, India, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa, Ethiopia and Zambia for various ministries, conferences and seminars, including church-based leadership development seminar, Ames, Iowa, USA; United Nations Aid Summit 2002; SIM ECWA Related Churches Consultation in London, Ethiopia and South Africa and Haggai Institute on Leadership in Singapore in 2007.
The statement from CAN further disclosed that Asake is survived by wife, children, (biological and spiritual), brothers and sisters among others.
“May God console and comfort his immediate family, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), friends, and other well wishers.
“The burial ceremony to be announced later,” the statement read.