President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday expressed sadness over the death of the spiritual leader of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church, Prophet Gabriel Fakeye.
Fakeye died on Sunday at the age of 78.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President extended condolences to the deceased’s family, his church and the Christian community.
He observed that the deceased whom he described as a great servant of God motivated his followers and other Nigerians with his exemplary lifestyle and moral conduct.
The statement read, “President Goodluck Jonathan has received with sadness, news of the death of Prophet Gabriel Olubunmi Fakeye, the spiritual leader of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church.
“President Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to Prophet Fakeye’s family, members of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church and the Christian community in Nigeria on the demise of the great servant of God.
“The President joins them in mourning the revered spiritual leader who greatly inspired and motivated his followers and other Nigerians with his vibrant elucidation of the Word of God as well as his exemplary lifestyle and moral conduct.
“President Jonathan prays that Almighty God will grant Prophet Fakeye’s soul eternal rest.
“He also prays that God Almighty will comfort members of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, and place the mantle of the Church’s spiritual leadership on a worthy successor to the late Prophet Fakeye.”
The C&S Movement announced his death during their Sunday service, but did not specify what led to his death.
Further checks, however, revealed that the popular televangelists, also known as the Psalmist, died on Sunday in a hospital in the United States of America after a brief illness. He was aged 78.
Born in 1937, Fakeye, an engineer, started preaching the gospel at a tender age. He was popularly called “Bro Aladura” in his youthful days and remained a preacher until his death.
Even though he was advanced in age, he continued to administer the movement (Ayo Ni O) he founded.
Late Fakeye was a visionary leader with profound knowledge, grasp, and appreciation of history. He was renowned for his conviction and faith in the unity and greatness of Cherubim and Seraphim Church.
He was also a believer in the unity of Christianity worldwide, as he was not a sectional leader.
Until his death, he had television and radio programmes in a number of broadcast stations including the G.O Fakeye television programmes.
Fakeye is survived by wife, a son, six daughters and grandchildren.