A huge crowd consisting of Christian and Muslim faithful on Saturday, January 25, 2020, attended the memorial service of the slain Chairman of the Michika Local Government Area chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Adamawa State, Revd Lawan Andimi.
Revd Andimi was beheaded by Boko Haram on Monday, January 20, 2020, for failing to renounce his faith in Christ Jesus after days in their captivity.
The CAN Chairman of Adamawa State Chapter, Bishop Dami Mamza, told Journalists after the memorial service that a huge crowd including top Muslim clerics attended the event.
Also present at the memorial service was President, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, Revd Joel Billi, top church leaders and Christians from across different denominations.
He said he was shocked to see that the service did not bear the emblem of sorrow.
Bishop 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 Revd 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 Revd Andimi had gone to be with the Lord.”
“The sentiment of sadness was put aside. The service was an encouragement to the family. Revd 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.
The Bishop noted that what he has seen so far was that Revd Andimi’s death has further increased the faith of the people and their resolve to serve the Lord more, adding that 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.”