Dignitaries from far and near yesterday gathered in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State for the burial of the late Bishop Danlami Joseph Bagobiri of the Kafanchan Catholic Diocese. The Bishop was laid to rest at St Peter Clevers’ Cathedral, Kafanchan. The late Bishop Bagobiri died in Kaduna on March 7 at the age of 61 after a protracted illness. In a sermon at the funeral service, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Diocese, described the late Bagobiri as one who made efforts at managing conflicts in a world full of rage and strive.

“Bishop Bagobiri was part of the efforts towards bringing peace to Southern Kaduna. “He had a way of dealing with corruption and injustice,” Kukah said. Kukah said the funeral mass was a celebration of a great man, adding, “the Christian faith is a verifiable and tested hope of the promise in the scriptures that the tomb is not a final resting place but a departure lounge”.

The Clergy noted that Southern Kaduna had in the past three years witnessed wanton destruction of lives and property and right in the middle of it was the late Bishop Bagobiri. Bishop Kukah said the deceased made tremendous contributions to humanity and expressed the believe that his legacies would live for a long time.

Earlier in welcome address, Rev. Fr Abba Biliyok, the Diocesan Administrator of the Kafanchan Diocese, said the late Bishop Bagobiri had gone through difficult moment in the last one and the half years with health challenges but God deemed it fit to take him home at the time he did. Biliyok said the departure of late Bishop was an answered prayer knowing full well he was with the Lord.

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