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NIGERIANS PAY TRIBUTE TO........Billy Graham





As the world watched the burial of one of God's Generals in this generation, Billy Graham yesterday, some Nigerians has continued to pay tributes to United States Evangelist Billy Graham, who just went to be with the Lord.  We bring you some of those reactions.

He died at 99 years of age.

Mr David Okechukwu, an Evangelist and former President of Biggest at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said “he was a voice in this generation; a voice for the people even in the corridor and those in the street of power.

”We pray that God will raise men within the body of Christ that would build on his legacy and extend the frontiers of God’s Kingdom.”

Mrs Sarah Medeme, a diction expert said, ”he touched lives both within his community and globally. Every one was his brother and sister. He was de-tribalized.

“God used him to spiritually awaken the world.

”A dynamic leader and home man-in that loved his wife with passion.

“He was also good to his dogs. Watch his early days in preaching tapes.”

According to Venerable O. W.  Ifionu, the Vicar of Emmanuel Anglican Church, Railway Compound, Lagos, Graham was a global servant of God, Most High.

“He exemplified what God can do to anyone, whosoever would trust and believed in Him.

”He was in the ministry for seventy years. God gave him fulfillment. I reverence God for his life,’’ he added.

Mr Ogbaru Okuno of the Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship International, said that we all should endeavour to live lives that declares God’s glory.

He was probably the dominant religious leader of his era,” said William Martin, author of “A Prophet With Honor: The Billy Graham Story.”

“No more than one or two Popes, perhaps one or two other people, came close to what he achieved.”

Graham found himself at times in controversy over his disapproving stand on gay rights. In the later years of his career he intentionally muted his political beliefs to focus on the Gospel.

Graham was no longer a close associate of presidents in recent years but many former U.S. leaders paid tributes on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump said on Twitter: “The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.”

Graham had celebrated his 95th birthday on Nov. 7, 2013, at a hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, where some 800 guests, including Trump, business magnate Rupert Murdoch and television hostess Kathie Lee Gifford paid tributes.

The event featured a video of a sermon that his son Franklin said was Graham’s last message to the nation.

Graham had been working for a year on the video, which was aired on Fox News. In it, he said America was “in great need of a spiritual awakening.”

With his steely features and piercing blue eyes, Graham was a powerful figure when he preached in his prime, roaming the stage and hoisting a Bible as he declared Jesus Christ to be the only solution to humanity’s problems.


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