The National Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Musa Asake on Friday died after a brief illness, a statement emailed to SAHEL STANDARD by the media assistant to the CAN president, Adebayo Oladegi, has confirmed.
It would be recalled that Asake had led a nationwide protest called by CAN against the killing of Christians by suspected Fulani herdsmen at about two weeks ago.
According to the statement, “The General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. (Dr) Musa Asake, 66, has passed away today, 11 May, 2018, after a brief illness.
“Asake was born on 15 September, 1952, Ung/Rimi Bajju- Kafanchan in Zango Kataf Local Government Council.
“His 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.
“Rev. Asake was between 1999 and May 2005, the General Secretary of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), with its headquarters in Jos, Nigeria.
“He was a pastor and teacher, conference speaker and counsellor, 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.”
It continued, “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 of Kaduna State 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 specialisation in Bible Exposition.
“Between 1976 and 2012, the new 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. Dr Asake 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.
“He served as a member of the Board of Trustee, ECWA Bingham University and became chairman, Ministers Development Initiative (MDI), Jos, Nigeria,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Northern Christian Elders Forum (NOCEF) has expressed shock over his death, saying members of NOCEF are presently in pain with such a rude shock.
The statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of NOCEF, Sunday Oibe, described the deceased as an epitome of humility, unassuming and selfless man who is not greedy.
“Asake is an epitome of humility, his death has created a very big vacuum in the body of Christ in Nigeria, the North, NOCEF and TEKAN/ECWA. Asake is many things to different people. But to us, he’s a hero that deserves celebration.
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,” the statement said.