The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), has called on all Southern Kaduna clerics to immediately fill the vacuum created by the demise of the first Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Most Rev Joseph Bagobiri.
In a statement signed by its national PRO, Mr Yakubu Kuzamani, SOKAPU said the late Bishop Bagobiri is worth celebrating.
Bagobiri, the first Bishop of the Catholic Dioceses of Kafanchan died on Tuesday February 27, 2018 at the age of 60.
“As sad as the moment is, we celebrate the life of Bishop Bagobiri for the exceptional acts of selfless services he rendered to his people, community and humanity in general.”
“When obvious existential threats hung over his people and quality voices were being drowned out by forces of injustice, he spoke bold truth to tyranny and he was never afraid of confronting oppressive forces.”
“He poured himself into standing for the physical and spiritual needs of the subjugated and despite threats of arrest from those not comfortable with his noble decision to stand with his people, he trudged on with honest resilience, choosing to endure all for the sake of truth.”
“Bishop Bagobiri has gone to take his rest, but the ideals of justice, freedom and fairness he championed while alive,will continue to resonate with all men and women of goodwill,” the statement said.
Consequently, SOKAPU said based on Bagobiri’s non-violent philosophy of demanding for justice, the people of Southern Kaduna and the entire state should continue to work for a better and just society.
“The vacuum created by his death can only get larger when others don’t step in to fill it. While we condole with the Gwong people, the Catholic faithful and the Church over this loss, SOKAPU requests all to take solace in the fact that he lived his life to the full for a better tomorrow,” the statement said.