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Pastor Akan Weeks in the red shirt just before the collapse.

Pastor Weeks undergoing orthopaedic treatment and pysiotherapy, his relatives died, enthronement didn’t hold as speculated

Pastor Weeks undergoing orthopaedic treatment and pysiotherapy,  his relatives died, enthronement didn’t hold as  speculated.

By Osondu Ahirika

Saturday, December 10, 2016 may have left a hurting scar on our psyches as a State, a Christian community and in particular, for members of the Reigners Bible Church, Uyo.

However, THERE IS THIS CRITICAL ANGLE THAT WE HAVE TO ADDRESS AND LAY TO REST. THESE ARE THOSE WHO ARE STOKING THE FIRE OF BLAME, DENUNCIATION, REPROACH AND FAULT FINDING, WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE ALL THE FACTS.

First, rumours are spreading that, the slated Enthronement still went ahead at an unnamed location, inspite of the mishap at the venue. THIS LINE IS UNFOUNDED, FALSE, MISLEADING AND VERY UNKIND TO THE LEADERSHIP OF REIGNERS BIBLE CHURCH AND DR AKAN WEEKS.

As we speak, DR WEEKS, WHO HAS ALSO LOST RELATIVES IN THE MISFORTUNE, IS UNDER ORTHOPEDIC TREATMENT AND PHYSIO-THERAPY, AND AT NO TIME/VENUE, DID THE PURPORTED ENTHRONEMENT CONTINUE. BE ALERT THAT, THOSE WHO NEVER WISHED AKAN WEEKS WELL, WILL POUNCE ON THIS CRISES IN ATTEMPT TO DESTROY HIM. GOD FORBID!

Whoever originated this false alarm is not helping the healing process and solemnity the occasion demands, and those propagating it, without getting the facts right, are ‘innocently’, being manipulated to stir strife. We should please, in deference to the dead, and solidarity with the Body of christ, halt this wicked rumour.
My investigation of this matter further reveals that, the Reigners Bible Church has set up about 15 prayer units with leaders, to visit, about 15 different hospitals where the wounded are admitted and recuperating, to pray with, and counsel victims and their relatives.

They are not resting on their oars, neither are their spirits dampened or defeated by this debacle. The best we can do is, intercede for/with them, and help in bridging any lapses, this denomination may be undergoing in this their troubled times.

The Church(Reigners), is also sending relief materials and medicine to victims, complementing the Udom Emmanuel led State Government which has graciously bankrolled the treatment of all concerned. We do well, if we support these efforts with words of healing and encouragement, not statements or comments that incite wrath and opprobium.

AS USUAL, ALL MANNER OF TALES, HEARSAYS AND INFORMAL GOSSIPS, ATTEMPTING TO EXPLAIN THE WHY’S, WHAT’S AND HOW’S OF THIS CATASTROPHE ARE FLOATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND NON FORMAL CIRCLES. Some have even gone as far as name-calling, making weighty speculations and ancecdotes on the matter. The less gracious have viciously attacked the integrity of chief Celebrator, Dr Akan Weeks, and mocked the Church for this severe blow.

Howbeit, I will appeal to all and sundry to stay-off the howling and scoffing over the matter, we as humans cannot truly discern its holistic ramifications. All we need do is, demonstrate manifest empathy and pronounce healing to a bruised, but definitely, not conquered church.
On the matters of the structural correctness of the edifice, and the purported faulty engineering construction and recommendations, it is a welcome development that, Governor Udom Emmanuel has ordered a thorough investigation, which is ongoing. We must rest all wild speculations and await detailed/informed outcome of the inquiry. Going forward, the report of the probe will guide our subsequent conclusion and consequent action(s).

For the Christian community however, I have this word of conviction. Bad things do happen to good people. But, evil can never trump good and tragedy cannot defeat our firm foundation of faith in God Almighty.

This tragedy should only serve to revive, reinforce and renew of resolve for as scripture says, if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.(1 Corinthians 15:17-20. We should all join the Reigners Bible Church and all those who are affected by this setback to reaffirm the- #Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love. We should join Apostle Paul and the saints triumphant in the acclamation… Amen!

 

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