The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has refuted claims that the late singer, Michael Arowosaiye was a member of the church as at the time of his death.
The RCCG made this known on Friday in a statement issued by the church’s Head of Media & Public Relation, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi.
In an effort to clarify their position on the matter through the statement, the church, while sympathizing with the members of the family of the deceased, said:
“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 in 2017.
“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 programmes.
“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 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.” The statement read.
Also commenting on the unfortunate incident, Leke Adeboye, who is the last son and Senior Personal Assistant to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, in his own reaction, opposed those arguing about the circumstances surrounding the death of the young man.
Leke took to his Instagram page to disclose his thoughts, saying, “nothing is worth killing yourself over on earth.’
“So a young man committed suicide and what everyone is talking about is what church did he attend or not attend or why he sang or his accommodation situation.
“Come on people? Nothing is worth killing yourself, after all his sacrifices on earth and now not to make heaven.
“I pray for his family that just lost someone they had invested so much in. May God help anyone else suffering from mental illness. I speak peace into your situation. Amen.”