Bishop of Benue pleads with Christians not to retaliate
The Most Rev Wilfred Anagbe, Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, has pleaded with Christians in Benue, especially in his Diocese, not to retaliate the killing of the two priest at Saint Ignatius Parish, Mbalom, in Gwer East Local Government Council of the State.
Bishop Anagbe, speaking on Sunday, when thousands of Christians staged a peaceful protest organized by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, called on Christians to be faithful to Christ and the doctrines of their religion. Anagbe said the same instruction has been sent to all parishes under the Diocese of Makurdi.
Bishop Anagbe said the attack on Saint Ignatius Parish, Mbalom, and the killings was sacrilegious. He declared that the priests, Father Joseph Gor and Father Felix Tyolaha, will always remain in the mind of Christians in the area.
The Bishop, describing the murders, said Father Joseph Gor was about to consecrate the Eucharist when the Islamic Fulani herders killed him in cold blood.“They first shot him three times, but sensing that he was not dead, they dragged him outside the church and slaughtered him.” Anagbe said.
”For Father Felix Tyolaha, he was preparing for the burial of a parishioner when they came and killed him with his catchiest; both deaths were in cold blood.”
However, “as Christians, we are not to take revenge but continue to focus on Christ who was also killed in order to secure salvation for mankind,” the Bishop stressed. “As Christians, we are not to take revenge but continue to focus on Christ who was also killed in order to secure salvation for mankind,’’ he said.
The murdered priest and other worshippers will be buried at the Ave Maria prayer pilgrimage ground at Ikpayongo on May 22.
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN, and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos