President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of Reinhard Bonnke, a German evangelist, as a great loss to Nigeria.
Bonnke died on Saturday at the age of 79.
In a statement, Buhari condoled with the German government and the preacher’s family over Bonnke’s death.
While praying that God comfort all those that mourn him, the president said the evangelist made the message of Jesus Christ prominent on the African continent.
“President Buhari joins Christendom at large in mourning the passing of renowned evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, 79, describing his transition 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 God 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 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.”
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REINHARD BONNKE’S PASSING, GREAT LOSS TO NIGERIA, AFRICA—PRES BUHARI
Pres Buhari joins Christendom at large in mourning the passing of renowned evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, 79, describing his transition as a great loss to Nigeria,Africa & entire world.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) December 7, 2019