President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the passing away of the popular German evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, describing his death “a great loss to Nigeria, Africa and entire world.”
In a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the president condoled 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 and prayed 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 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,” the statement read in part.
The CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Pastor Bayo Oladeji said that “the body of Christ had lost one of its greatest assets” and prayed to God to comfort Bonnke’s widow, Anne.
“He was one of the greatest generals of the gospel of eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ on earth.
“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.
Also, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has expressed sadness over Bonnke’s death, saying he impacted his generation and the Church in Nigeria will always be grateful to him for the work God used him to do in the country.
PFN National President, Rev Felix Omobude, in a statement commiserated with his family and all members of Christ for All Nations.
“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,” Omobude said.