Exclusive: How energetic RCCG music minister committed suicide in Abuja [Photos]
It was a black Tuesday (yesterday) at a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Sunnyvale Estate, Lokogoma, Abuja when an energetic music minister identified as Michael Arowosaiye committed suicide over his accommodation challenges.
Arowosaiye was said to have committed suicide by 4 pm on Tuesday.
According to a devoted member of the church who spoke to TNG on condition of anonymity, the young minister’s death dealt a big blow on the church.
The member noted that the church and the minister’s close colleagues were totally in the dark about what he was passing through.
‘None of us were aware of what he was going through. More so, he recently gave a spectacular performance in one of our programmes. We were all of the opinion that all was well till this happened. Its really sad and the church might not be able to get over this for a very long time. How I wish he had confided in one of us. We could have rally round him at his time of challenge,” the visibly grieved member told TNG.
However, the deceased elder brother insisted that Arowosaiye’s death was not a case of suicide. Though he didn’t provide details of the sudden death.
Meanwhile, another music minister in the church, a colleague of the deceased said both the church and government need to look into the causes of suicide among Nigerians particularly the youths.
Acting spokesman for the police in the Federal Capital Territory, ASP Gajere Danjuma, confirmed the incident.
The Head, Media and Public Relations, RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, while commiserating with the family of the deceased, said Arowosaiye had left the church before the incident.
He said, “For us as human beings, it is painful that somebody has committed suicide. So, it is not right to begin to say whether he was with us or not. So, we to first sympathise with the family.
“The report we have is that he used to be one of the singers in one of our parishes in Abuja. He left the church a while ago to join the Shepherdhill Ministry, where he became their choirmaster. So, as of this time, we cannot say that he was our member.
“Secondly, if he were our member, there is a tradition in RCCG whereby every parish attempts to assist every member under stress. So, if he were our member or minister and had some challenges, he could have approached his pastors.”