The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has mourned the loss of its General Secretary, Reverend Dr Musa Asake, who died on Friday, May 11 at the age of 66.
A statement from Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant, (Media and Communications) to the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle, made available to journalists said the cleric died after a brief illness.
The deceased, who hailed from Kaduna, 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 late CAN General Secretary pastored at three different churches and lectured part-time at Jos Theological Seminary (JETS). He was also 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.
Dr. Asake, who lived in North America for 10 years had traveled 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.
“He 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 is to be announced later,” the statement as well stated.