President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday expressed sadness over the death of renowned evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke.
This online news platform understands that Bonnke’s death was announced in a statement signed by his wife, Anni Bonnke.
Naija News reports that the statement was shared on Evangelist Bonnke’s verified Facebook page on Saturday.
In the statement, Bonnke’s wife said: “Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ. 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. For the past 60 years, he has preached the glorious Gospel of Jesus throughout the entire world.
“We want to thank you on behalf of him and our family, for your kind love and unwavering support, which enabled him to preach the matchless message of salvation to countless people. He preached Jesus,” the statement added.
Reacting in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari described Bonnke’s death as a great loss to Nigeria, Africa and the entire world.
The statement read: “The President condoles with 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 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.”