Sadela’s last moment, by eyewitness
THOUGH the leadership of the church of the fiery preacher, Rev. Akinbode Sadela, is yet to unfold details of his death and burial plans three days after, his last moment was revealed yesterday.
Pa Sadela, founder of the Gospel Apostolic Church, Gbagada in Lagos, who died at 113 after 82 glorious years on the pulpit, died at exactly 4.30am on Sunday in the hands of family members and top church members, The Nation learnt.
A senior member of the church, told The Nation in confidence: “Papa died in the early hours of Sunday after he had taken his bath and dressed up. He was surrounded by members of his family and some leaders of the church. After his bath, he said he wanted to rest and they laid him on the bed with his head resting on a church leader. Then he passed on to glory, just like that.”
It was also gathered that the late preacher had given clues about his impending death to church members although many of them failed to realise it until he departed.
According to the head of the church’s Legal Department, Pastor Adebola Onadeko, the late Sadela had prepared the minds of the church for his eventual demise.
“Baba said if you are a man of God, you cannot die without Jesus showing himself to you. He had prepared our minds for what would happen; that is why we are not mourning but celebrating and we ask the whole world to celebrate this great man of God with us,” Onadeko said.
Onadeko, who described Sadela as a loyal follower of Jesus Christ with passion for soul winning and love for everyone, added that the core aim of the late preacher’s ministry was winning souls.
“Baba was passionate about the word of God and soul winning. He asked us to go into the streets and preach the gospel. That was his message till his death. He also called for unity among the body of Christ and understanding with other religions. He was a man of peace,” he said.
Onadeko said there is no mourning or sadness regarding the preacher’s passage but celebration. “We are celebrating his transition from the mortal body to the immortal,” he said.
On the controversy that trailed Sadela’s marriage some years ago, Onadeko said those who criticised the departed cleric lacked understanding of his peculiar circumstances, saying: “Baba had forgiven them because he felt they didn’t fully understand.”
Meanwhile, sympathisers continued to flock the Gbagada headquarters of the church to pay glowing tribute to the late man of God. At 3.30pm yesterday, 221 people had signed the condolence register. Among the early callers were leaders of the Aladura Church Worldwide who came with his entourage. Others were friends and members of the church from as far as Ilorin, Kwara State capital.
Some of those who signed the register described Sadela as the “oldest General in God’s army.” Others described him as a powerful preacher of the word of God. Nobody mourned or cried; it was simply a celebration of Sadela’s life in a convivial atmosphere.
Meanwhile, the church would round off the three-day revival initially planned to celebrate his 82 years on the pulpit after which details of his burial would be announced.
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