“No one cried…” Eyewitness recounts how people showed up at slain CAN chairman’s memorial service with Joy

On Saturday, a huge crowd consisting of Christian and Muslim faithfu reportedly showed up at the memorial service of the slain Chairman of the Michika Local Government Area chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi.

Andimi was beheaded by Boko Haram on Monday for failing to renounce his faith in Christ Jesus after days in their captivity.

After the memorial service, the Chairman of the Adamawa chapter of CAN, Bishop Dami Mamza, in an interview with Church Times Nigeria, said he was shocked to see that the service did not bear the emblem of sorrow.

Mamza said, “I had thought I would see people mourning and crying. But I was shocked to see that people were full of praise to God and it was like many were emboldened by the death of Rev Andimi in the hands of the insurgents to lay their lives for Christ.

“I did not see a single person shed tears at the event. His wife was full of gratitude to God and all the people present were joyful and thankful that Andimi had gone to be with the Lord.

“The sentiment of sadness was put aside. The service was an encouragement to the family. Andimi is a martyr. The mood was that of joy and the look on the face of people was that they were also prepared to die the kind of death that Andimi died,” he said.

While noting that Michika was largely a Christian community, Mamza said the death of the CAN official will not affect the faith of the people.

“What I have seen so far is that his death has further increased the faith of the people and their resolve to serve the Lord more. The insurgents will now know that they have been only able to kill the flesh but not the spirit. The church of God is marching on.”



  1. mega

    January 26, 2020 at 9:08 am

    am delighted to hear this news, they can never kill the soul, they can only kill the flesh, yeye religion.

  2. Komonibo Ebiwari

    January 26, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Jesus is on the throne

  3. Okwuchukwu Gilbert

    January 26, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    the church of God will keep matching on the gates of bokoharam,bandits and kidnapers will never prevail ,it does not matter whose sponsoring them in Jesus Christ name

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