Apostle Ayuba Matawal has witnessed dozens of Christian murders by terrorists waging a so-called Jihad in the Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State.
As leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the county, Matawal has supervised the funeral of many Christians killed in the raids.
The latest attacks lasting a week from 15th to 23rd November killed at least 18 across three villages.
Yet, the founder and General overseer of Rescue Force Ministry has remained an attraction to Christians around the world.
After turning 50 on 21st January, Matawal was celebrated by Christians from different denominations the following day at the RFM headquarters in Bokkos town.
During the ceremony, the little-known Church leader was surprised with three recognitions abroad.
Firstly, the Rapha Faith International University College of Bishops which operates chiefly in South Africa and Ghana through its repress at the event ordained him ‘Bishop’ of the College. When had been ‘Bishop Elect’ at the college since July 2017. The college representatives also conferred on him the ‘Doctor of Humanity’ (Honoris Causa).
Similarly, Signature International, a nongovernmental organization in the United Kingdom which recognizes outstanding Christian leaders around the world presented him the ‘African Noble Award.
Matawal who appeared speechless following the recognitions was represented by his older brother, Professor Slim Matawal who was full of gratitude to the visitors and guests at the event.
The Light Bearer gathers the event was attended by politicians, traditional and Church leaders from around the State.