RCCG releases statement on church minister who committed suicide

The Redeemed Christian Church of God has reacted to the death of one Michael Arowosaiye on May 14 in Abuja.

Arowosaiye was reported to have committed suicide by hanging himself because he couldn't pay his rent.

Initial reports had said the gospel minister took his own life after feeling abandoned by RCCG during his difficult time.

However, in a statement, the church said Arowosaiye left RCCG in 2017 and despite that, he was given accommodation by the church in 2018.

Read full statement below:
 The attention of the leadership of the RCCG has been drawn to reports of the death of one Mr. Michael Arowosaiye said to have committed suicide in Abuja on Tuesday May 14, 2019.

The report which has been trending on the social media and has also featured in the newspapers, said the man decided to take his own life after going into depression.

While the RCCG leadership sympathises with the family of the deceased, it has become necessary to clarify the mis-information and absolute falsehood in the report.

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.

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 FCT, 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.

Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi
Head, Media & Public Relations
Meanwhile, contrary to reports, a Facebook user, Christabel Adaure, who claim to know Arowosaiye, had given another reason why he took his life.

Christabel said he committed suicide because his wedding which slated for April 27th, was called off due to sexual immorality.

She said Arowosaiye's wedding was cancelled because of sexual relationship with another girl who leaked his nudes hence he got frustrated because of the embarrassment.

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