BY ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna
Amidst tears of joy of a life well spent, the former Secretary General of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Engr. Samuel Salifu buried his wife Mrs Alice Hasaana Salifu who died at the age of 70 fruitful years.
The burial which took place at the husbands village Lando in Bassa Local government area of Kogi State had in attendance an array of personalities who came from far and near to pay their last respect.
Notable dignitaries present at the funeral service which began with a wake keep at the family compound include His Eminence Cardinal John Onayikan, General Secretary of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) worldwide, Reverend Yunusa Nmadu Jnr, President Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Dr. Supko Ayokunle, Rev. John Joseph Hayab Chairman CAN Kaduna State, Senior Pastor ECWA Gospel Church lemu road and Chairman Central District Church Council (CDCC) Rev. Dauda Haruna, immediate past director of works, Kogi State polytechnic, Engr. John Elumokwo.
Others are Evangelist Mathew Owojaye, General Overseer of CEFN Church Rev Dr. David Usman, Pastor Job Olatubosun, pastor Jerry Adanu and pastor Tokunbo Salami among others.
At the wake keep which took place at the family compound Lando, Evangelist Owojaye admonished all to live a good life in preparation for an inevitable death someday.
Speaking onbehalf of the Christians in Nigeria, the CAN President Rev. Dr Ayokunle who was represented by Rev. Hayab described late Mrs Salifu as a woman who lived a fulfilled life supportive of her husband at all times.
Also speaking, His Eminence Cardinal Onayikan represented by Rev. Fr. Godwin Attaide thanked God for a life well spent for late Mrs Salifu and urged the family to take solace in the fact that she has gone to be with the Lord.
Speaking amidst tears, the husband Engr. Salifu testified that there was no better yesterday in their marriage of 51 years and blessed with 9 children and many adopted children.
” My wife after God was everything to me and am really going to miss her greatly, my consolation is the fact that I know she has gone to rest and be with the Lord where we will meet someday to part no more”.
Speaking on the life and times of late Mrs Salifu, his adopted first child, Rev. Yunusa Nmadu Jnr described her as an epitome of humility, very hospitable, committed and courageous whose life while alive and even after death is worthy of emulation.
Her biological first son Jeremiah Attah Salifu who concurred with everything said by the adopted first son only added that her mother was a good mother who wanted everything good for anyone around her.
In his sermon at the funeral tittled “from tent to mansion” Rev. Dr Usman said our physical body is a tent subject to destruction, and called on all and sundry to live a good life.