RCCG speaks about ‘Pastor’ who committed suicide

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) on Thursday reacted to widely circulated reports in Social media that one of its pastors had committed suicide in Abuja.

The Church’s Head, Media & Public Relations, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, said in a statement  that the man involved was not a minister in the Church and had left the mission before his death.

Many commentators on the social media had slammed the church leadership for not taking care of its pastors and other ministers.

Read the full statement:


The attention of the leadership of the RCCG has been drawn to reports of the death of one Mr. Michael Arowosaiye said to have committed suicide in Abuja on Tuesday May 14, 2019.

The report which has been trending on the social media and has also featured in the newspapers, said the man decided to take his own life after going into depression.

While the RCCG leadership sympathises with the family of the deceased, it has become necessary to clarify the mis-information and absolute falsehood in the report.

The said Mr. Michael Arowosaiye was not a minister in the RCCG.

He was a singer and a keyboardist in one of our Youth Parishes in Abuja until 2017 when he left for another ministry.

His movement to another ministry notwithstanding, Michael, through his elder brother who is presently one of the coordinators of the RCCG Youth Choir, continued to get invitation to minister in RCCG programmes.

He had accommodation problem in 2018 and though he was no longer in the RCCG, a family in the Mission gave him the Boy’s Quarters of their house in Sunnyvale Estate in Lokogoma FCT, which was where he lived till the unfortunate suicide incident.

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It is therefore untrue to refer to him as a Minister in the RCCG. It is also misleading and absolutely incorrect to create the impression that RCCG does not care for its Members and Ministers.

The RCCG is in the forefront among organizations with robust welfare package in Nigeria.

Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi

Head, Media & Public Relations

The Redeemed Christian Church of God

May 16, 2019

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