President Muhammadu Buhari vowed yesterday that the killers of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Deaconess Eunice Olawale, would not go unpunished.
He said government owed it a duty to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Speaking through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal during the burial service for Deaconess Olawale at the RCCG, New Life Assembly, Kubwa, Buhari affirmed that every Nigerian has a right to practise his faith however he deems fit.
Olawale was murdered on July 9, 2016 while preaching at Gbazango area of Kubwa, Abuja by unknown people.
She would have turned 42 years old yesterday.
“The federal government would leave no stone unturned to find these people and bring them to justice because it is important that Nigerians are assured of the fact that their government will go after whoever it is that makes life unsafe at wherever and at whatever time of the day,” he said.
Lawal described the deceased as a martyr for Christ “because she died on the battlefield, she died doing what the Lord Jesus Christ taught us to do, make the disciples of all men in the name of the father , the son and the Holy Spirit and she died doing this.”
Mrs Pauline Tallen who represented the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, at the funeral spoke in the same vein.
She said: “Hajia Aisha Buhari’s heart is with the church and the nation. She also wants to encourage them to accept the incident as an act of God. Eunice is a heroine of Christ and a martyr. We know she is rejoicing with the angels in heaven, and Hajia assures the family of her support.”
In a sermon at the service, the Regional Pastor and the pastor in charge of Region 10, Abuja, Emmanuel Ibitayo said that Eunice Olawale did her best and died as a servant of God.
He said: “some people wanted to carry placard but I said it is not necessary because nobody can defend God. She died while publicizsing the gospel and the gospel is about peace because Christ is the prince of peace.
“When we visited the deceased’s family with Pastor Adeboye, he said we are not asking for justice but we pray to God that the killers’ lives are saved and hopefully they become pastors.”
The widower, Pastor Olawale, described his wife as a faithful trustee and a living companion.
He said with deep emotions and trying to control tears: “She was defenceless, a sheep in the midst of lions. Her last words were, ‘the blood of Jesus’ Jesus Christ is worth dying for. You came, you saw, you conquered. I will surely meet you at the beautiful gate, good night.”