Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Victims of Kaduna Blast Buried On Thursday

Four victims of recent bomb attack on St. Rita's Catholic Church, Kaduna, were buried on Thursday in the church premises.

Archbishop Mattew Ndagoso of Kaduna Archdioceses gave the names of the deceased members of the church as Labai Sule, Sarah Yohanna, Samuel Ishaya and Bitrus Simon.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that eight people died in the attack while 146 others were injured.

"They have gone to meet the Lord and praying for us till we meet to part no more," he said during the mass.

Ndagoso expressed gratitude to God for the minimal number of casualties recorded during the October 28 attack.

"Out of the four dead, three would be buried within the church premises with the permission of their immediate families while one of the dead, Bitrus Simon had been buried since October 30, in Kebbi.

"We were not ignoring the traditions of the people of burying their love ones in their ancestral homes but the loss was collective."

The Archbishop appealed to Christians to shun revenge, adding "though we were grieved but leave vengeance for God, lets all intensify our prayers for those who were persecuting the Church."

Ndagoso also urged them to forgive and extend the hands of true friendship to their Muslims brothers, saying "the challenge in Northern Nigeria is not war between Muslims and Christians."

He urged the government to provide adequate security to places of worship as part of measures to curb further attacks.

Also speaking, the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Michael Goni dispelled rumours of his death, adding: "I am a living testimony, I am not dead, I am alive by His Grace"

NAN

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