The two priets among 17 others killed in BenueThe two Catholic Priests, and 17 others who were slaughtered in cold by killer herdsmen during a morning mass in church in Benue, will be laid to rest in a mass burial, the church have announced.


While speaking to news correspondents on Wednesday, the Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Very Rev. Fr. Jude Ortese, disclosed that a mass burial will hold on May 22 in Benue State for the victims of Tuesday’s killings during a morning mass.
 
The cleric said that the 19 victims including two priests – Rev Fr. Joseph Gor and Rev. Felix Tyolahan – would be buried at Susugh Maria Pilgrimage Centre, Ayati,Ikpayongo, Gwer East Local Government Area.
 
Susugh Maria Pilgrimage Centre is where the Catholic faith often go for prayer retreat. The centre also serves as rest home for priests.

"The two priests will be buried with their worshippers and this is significant because they were praying together and seeking lasting solution to the unending killings, which had become a recurring decimal," Fr. Ortese said.
 
He said the Diocese was breaking its rule of burial taking place within 10 days of death because “the state government is involved in the burial and all the Bishops in Nigeria, including the Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, are in Rome to see the Pope and some Bishops may also attend the burial, so there is need to accommodate all stakeholders.”
 
The cleric called on the Federal Government to live up to its responsibility of protecting lives and properties.
 
“We cannot go back to the primitive way of buying weapon to defend ourselves because out of million of Nigerians one person is elected to protect us and the person should perform his constitutional duty,” said Fr. Ortese said.
 
He added that “Nigerians are paying taxes to be protected, so the Federal Government must protect our lives and properties“.

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