Catholic Bishop leads special prayer procession in Sokoto

Ismaila Umar, Sokoto 

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The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Kukah, led a procession and special prayers in Sokoto state organized by the Diocese to mourn those that lost their lives in the hands of Boko Haram, Kidnappers and armed bandits across the country.

The procession which attracted hundreds of Christian faithful and Muslim communities in the state started with a road work along Abdullahi Fodio road through the Sokoto Central Market road to Ahmadu Bello way to Holy Family Cathedral, Sokoto.

Addressing the gathering Bishop Kukah said that the precession and special prayers was in order to mourn and pray for the Nigerian brothers and sisters, who were killed either by insurgency, banditry and other forms of insecurity in the country.

He said the decision was taken collectively by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria in all its jurisdiction.

According to Kukah, there are 57 Dioceses across the country, but the Bishops Conference encourages them to wear black dress as a symbol of mourning and observe special prayers for peace to reign in the country.

Bishop Kukah advice government at all levels to continue to do their best and bring an end to the unnecessary killings of innocent persons.

He said the procession and prayers serve as a signal to government of Nigeria and military that they were supporting with prayers.

Bishop Kukah added that he believes with collective efforts and prayers sooner or later Nigeria would turn the corner.

He commended the Muslims Communities in Sokoto for coming together with the Christians faithful to pray together for peace and security of Nigerians and the entire country.

Kukah said that the situation in Nigeria where one cannot sleep with one eye close is very worrisome.

He pointed out that the lenten season is a period of soberness and prayer, stating that the Church would use the period to pray for peace to reign in the country.

He commended the Christian faithful for their dedication to the prayer session by their various Church and urged them to sustain the gesture.

The Bishop advised the citizens to set aside personal interest and ensure collection efforts to save the country from all forms of insecurity.

 

Dominica Nwabufo