The Redeemed Christian Church of God has through its Head, Media, and Public Relations unit, issued a statement saying that Mr. Michael Arowosaiye who committed suicide and is being addressed as a minister in the church, isn’t a minister but a singer and Keyboardist.
The statement went on to say that the deceased had left the ministry in 2017 but had continued to get invitations to minister in RCCG Programmes.
The church noted that Mr. Micheal had accommodation issues in 2018 and even though he wasn’t a member of the ministry, he was housed by a member of the church in Sunnyvale Estate, Lokogoma which was where he lived till the unfortunate incidence.
The statement reads;
“The attention of the leadership of the RCCG has been drawn to reports of the death of one Mr. Michael Arowosaiye said to have committed suicide in Abuja on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
The report which has been trending on social media and has also featured in the newspapers said the man decided to take his own life after going into depression.
While the RCCG leadership sympathizes with the family of the deceased, it has become necessary to clarify the misinformation and absolute falsehood in the report.
The said Mr. Michael Arowosaiye was not a minister in the RCCG. He was a singer and a keyboardist in one of our Youth Parishes in Abuja until 2017 when he left for another ministry.
His movement to another ministry notwithstanding, Michael, through his elder brother who is presently one of the coordinators of the RCCG Youth Choir, continued to get invitation to minister in RCCG programs.
He had accommodation problem in 2018 and though he was no longer in the RCCG, a family in the Mission gave him the Boy’s Quarters of their house in Sunnyvale Estate in Lokogoma FCT, which was where he lived till the unfortunate suicide incident.
It is therefore untrue to refer to him as a Minister in the RCCG. It is also misleading and absolutely incorrect to create the impression that RCCG does not care for its Members and Ministers. The RCCG is in the forefront among organizations with robust welfare package in Nigeria.”
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