President Muhammadu Buhari, in a Statement signed by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, has commiserated with the leadership of the Christian Pentecostal Mission, CPM, International Church, over the death of its General Overseer and Founder, Reverend Obiora Ezekiel, after the Church broke the news via the Facebook platform.
President Buhari, who believes the late Revd. Ezekiel “demonstrated love, peace, and joy, in pursuing his passion for soul winning,” within and outside Nigeria, also stated that, the late General Overseer “raised many spiritual sons,” who are now pastors, evangelists, and teachers, of the gospel globally.
He commended the vision of Revd. Ezekiel, for founding the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, (PFN).
The President, while praying that God receives the soul of the renowned Evangelist, also prayed that God comfort his family, especially his wife, Revd. (Mrs.) Mercy Ezekiel, the Church’s leadership, and the congregation at large.
The death of Pastor Obiora Ezekiel, was made public to the Christian community, and to Nigeria, in an issued Statement, via the Church’s Facebook page.
The Imo State Coordinator of Church, who is also a member of the Ministry’s Board of Trustees, Revd. John U. Ezeh, broke the news via the FB platform.
The Statement reads:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, I am saddled with a responsibility to all sons, daughters, friends and lovers of Christian Pentecostal Mission International, (CPM), to make an official announcement by the authority vested on me by the National/International Coordinator of CPM International, that our father, mentor, our General, our Field Marshal, the man that saw the vision, the man that began the race, the man on whose shoulder we’re all climbing, the Founder and General Overseer of Christian Pentecostal Mission International, REV. DR. O. EZEKIEL, has gone to be with the LORD, just a few days ago.”
“Before his departure, he had been telling us to keep the vision alive, and the fire burning: that the mantle is with us; the glory is with us while he goes to wait for us to come over when the time is ripe.”
“This was a man whose doggedness in the gospel gave him a title, ‘Demon Destroyer’; the man who is best known as a teacher of DIVINE NATURE.”
“He has left his mantle with us to continue where he stopped; to move the CPM to the next level.”
“He came, he saw, he conquered, and triumphantly he left.”
“Transform Triumphantly, our General, till we meet at Jesus’ feet.”
Pastor Obiora Ezekiel, died at the age of 78.
He was survived by his wife, Pastor (Mrs.) Mercy Ezekiel, a daughter, other family members, and his teeming congregation.