Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Kaduna Christians Celebrate Christmas in Grief

Kaduna — Christians in Kaduna state yesterday celebrated Christmas amidst grief following the death of former governor Patrick Yakowa who died in the Bayelsa helicopter crash on December 15, 2012.

Speaking in an interview, chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna, Reverend Samuel Kraakevik Kujiyat said "though Christmas is a period of great joy but that of this year has met us in a state of grief over the death of our dear Governor Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa and his friend Dauda Tsoho."

Daily Trust also gathered that about 20,000 people held a peaceful match in Zonkwa as a way of celebrating Christmas.

The chairman of CAN in Zangon Kataf, Reverend Sunday Ibrahim who is also the chairman organising committee of 'Celebrate Jesus' told our correspondent that the annual programme aimed at turning away the mindset of the youths from evil during Christmas.

"This is the third edition, Christmas is not just about drinking and eating and committing atrocities," he noted.

He described Yakowa's death as an act of God saying "we want to belief that God just allowed it to happen because no one can kill another if it is not his time. If he had lived longer, maybe things would have been bad. So, God has a better plan for southern Kaduna."

Reverend Ibrahim said the selection of a deputy governor in the state was supposed to be a southern Kaduna agenda "the government should have consulted people from southern Kaduna before appointing the deputy governor because he is not only representing Kaduna state, but a leader from the southern part. I don't know much about him, but I pray he will do well. But in case he did not do well, we have the right to protest."

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