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Pastor dies two days after conducting burial service of church member

A lead Pastor of The Evening Church, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Runcie Mike has been reported dead two days after he officiated a burial ceremony of his late female church member, having earlier made a Facebook post about a burial ceremony which he was going to officiate.

Penpushing reports that the cleric made the Facebook post on Wednesday, officiated the burial ceremony on Thursday, where he lamented the loss of the church member, and he passed away on Saturday morning

“I don’t even know how to process the emotions since I heard of your demise after the surgery we spoke about, then to be told that I was going to be the one officiating the funeral is too hard for me to bear as this will be the first time I will be officiating a funeral in my entire life. I hope it goes smooth cuz this will be too triggering,” he wrote in the post.

Penpushing further reports that the demise of the clergyman left many wondering, describing it as too triggering, while as at the time of filing this report the cause of his death remains uncertain, and in a short video clip of the burial ceremony, the cleric was seen weeping profusely near the woman’s coffin.

The church in a statement said the deceased who was in his 40’s during his life time was both spiritual and physical, a husband, a mentor and a visionary leader, who  endeared himself to young people, adding that his church services, done only in the evening, were conducted under a relaxed atmosphere

‘He was at the time of his rest, a father, both spiritual and physical, a husband, a mentor and a visionary leader. He (Mike) empowers young people interested in technology, capacity building, businesses, and leadership. He brings professionals to talk to them and supports those that needed money to do business. That is the kind of church he runs, not the regular church’.

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