The nefarious activities of Boko Haram terrorists cum suicide bombers as well as those of killer herdsmen have turned Nigeria into a massive grave yard. Thousands of innocent Nigerian citizens have lost their precious lives over the years due to this unfortunate incidence that the government of the day is yet to bring under control. It goes without saying that it is the sacrosanct duty of any government that is worthy of the trust of its citizens to secure their lives and property.
Over the years, life in Nigeria has been considered by some group of people as something that can be disposed of at will. Dissatisfied by this state of affairs, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria sanctioned a National day of prayer for the peaceful repose of the souls of the two priests (Rev. Frs Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha), one catechist and the other worshippers who were murdered with them on Tuesday 24 April 2018 at Mbalom in Benue State. This was to take place in all the Dioceses across Nigeria on Tuesday 22 May, 2018, the funeral Day of the Martyrs of Mbalom. The moment of Prayer was to be accompanied with a peaceful protest against the killings in Nigeria.
The Catholic Diocese of Uromi had a Requiem Mass at St Anthony Cathedral Uromi for the peaceful repose of the martyred priests, catechist, other worshippers and all other persons who have lost their life through man’s acts of inhumanity to his fellow men. The Mass was presided at by his Lordship, Most Rev. Donatus Ogun, the Bishop of Uromi Diocese. The Mass was concelebrated by the priests of Uromi Diocese and those who work in the Diocese. At the end of the Holy Mass there was a peaceful protest through the town with stopovers at the Esan North East Local Government Council Secretariat and the Royal Palace. At the Secretariat, the Local Government Chairman, Hon. Augustine Okoibhole was on ground to welcome the procession and receive the message that was brought. This message was delivered by the Bishop of Uromi Diocese. The Onogie of Uromi, Zaiki Anslem Edenojie was unavoidably absent. On his behalf, one of his Chiefs received and welcomed the procession and received the message that was brought to the traditional ruler who is a stakeholder in the security of the life and property of the citizens.
By Staff Reporter