The opposition Peoples Democratic Party has described the death of General Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Musa Asake, as shocking and painful.

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Asake died in the early hours of Friday after a brief illness, the Christian body had announced.

The party condoled with the Christian community, officials of the CAN, the government and people of Kaduna as well as the Asake family for the loss.

“We note that the death of Rev. Asake, who was known for his devotion to peace and defence of the downtrodden, is a big blow, not only to the Christian community but also the entire nation and humanity,” it said in a statement.

“The PDP extols Asake for his exemplary lifestyle, teachings and piety, especially in the pursuit of peace and unity of our dear nation.”