Wife of the General Evangelist of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide, Evangelist Mrs Christiana Abiara, is dead.
Mrs Abiara died in a hospital on Saturday at about 9:00p.m. after falling ill.
She died at the age of 70 and survived by General Evangelist, CAC Worldwide, Pastor Samuel Kayode Abiara and children.
Speaking with the Nigerian Tribune, Personal Assistant to Abiara, Pastor Johnson Oshati, said Pastor Abiara had taken his wife’s demise as the will of God.
Meanwhile, Prophet Abiara has charged Christians, Nigerians and beyond not to weep over the death of his wife, but to rejoice because she had gone to rest in the bosom of the Lord.
Describing his last moment with his wife, Abiara told the Nigerian Tribune on Sunday at his Idi-Isin residence that the late Christiana waited for him to return from the mountain of prayer and ensured she received his blessings before she gave up the ghost.
He added that, “I prayed for her immediately I returned from the mountain and we even had a little chat on Saturday morning around 6:00 a.m. I also asked her whether she wanted another set of twins and she laughed profusely. After we prayed, she said amen and repeatedly said Hallelujah till she gave up the ghost.”
Describing what he will miss most about his late wife, Abiara said, “She was so special to me and I loved her so much. She never related with me like a husband. She always called me her father and she was so supportive to the family and my ministry. My greatest joy is that she slept in the Lord and that there is hope for her in the kingdom of God. I will really miss her, especially for her love to many people; she was very humble and generous and I will describe her humility as a footstep of Jesus Christ.”
One of the children of the deceased, Pastor Elijah Taiwo Abiara, who just returned from the United States, described the death of his mother as a rude shock, just as he noted that though the family had lost a fundamental personality, her good works and the foundation she had laid would not be forgotten.
Taiwo Abiara said further, “It is saddening to lose someone that loves you so much. We will greatly miss her, because, mum and dad have impacted so much the lives of all the children.”
The younger brother of the deceased, Pastor Johnson James, told the Nigerian Tribune that the death of his sister was a loss that could not be recovered.
He revealed that the late Christiana was the only child to her mother and that he was very close to her as a step-brother, adding that, “We both grew up from large polygamous family and she has been a mother to me since I lost my mother some years back.”
Some of the earlier callers to Prophet Abiara include the authorities of the C.A.C worldwide, led by the president, Pastor Abraham Akinosun; General Superintendent, Pastor Samuel Oladele; General Secretary, Pastor, Emmanuel Mapur; Director of Finance, Pastor, Johnson Omotinde; Director of Publicity, Pastor Ademisoye Alawode; Dr Akin Ogunbiyi of Mutual Benefit Insurance Company; gospel singer, Bukola Akinade, popularly known as Senwele Jesu, among pastors, Agbala-Itura faithful and well-wishers.
In his condolence note, Pastor Akinosun described the late Christiana “as one in a million who fought a good fight of faith alongside the great prophet of God, Prophet S.K Abiara, a generous, loving and wonderful wife, mother and grand mother; we shall miss you greatly, but our firm belief is that you are resting in the bosom of our Lord Jesus…”