As the government and people of Akwa Ibom State receive condolence messages from across the country over the death of scores in the collapsed building of Reigners Bible Church International, Uyo, one of the pastors who escaped death has recounted his experiences.
The building of Reigners Bible Church International, Uyo collapsed on Saturday during a special service for the consecration of the founder, Akan Weeks, as bishop. The roof of the building caved in on worshippers, including Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Sun in his testimony in church on Sunday, Pastor Bassey James of the Royal House of Faith Ministries, Lagos, said God saved him from dying in the collapsed church building.
Pastor James said as he sat at the ministers’ section of the church during the service, a voice told him to leave his seat. As he left his seat and sat somewhere else, the same voice told him to relocate to another place. The pastor said he again left where he sat to another place.
“I moved and sat at another place. The spirit also said I should move to another place. Yes, the spirit said I should change my seat again. I did. Ten minutes thereafter, the building collapsed. Heavy rods collapsed on people,” he recalled.
The pastor said he was tempted to sit where the governor sat, but he first chose to sit with the other pastors before the spirit directed him to move to another place.
“The man that was seated with the governor was hit. So many commissioners were there. I would have loved to sit where the governor sat, but I decided to sit with the ministers, but when I sat there the spirit told me to relocate.”
Meanwhile, Governor Udom Emmanuel has vowed to bring to book all the professionals involved in the construction of the church auditorium.
The governor said in a state-wide broadcast, that he would set up a panel to unravel the causes of the collapse of the building.