By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Tears roll freely as priests of the Kaduna Catholic Archdiocese, Thursday, led a peaceful protest after the funeral mass of the slain priest, Rev Father Vitus Borogo at the Our Lady’s Catholic Church, Kaduna. The body was also laid to rest Thursday in priests’ cemetery.
Some of the priests carried placards with inscriptions as: ‘’We are priests and not terrorists’, ‘government should secure Nigerians’, ‘anyone killed, lost his/her right to life’, ‘justice must be served’ ‘do we still have a government’ and many others.
Late Rev Fr Vitus Vaishima Borogo, 50, was killed on Saturday June 25, 2022, at Kujama Prison Farm, Kaduna, while his brother CY Borogo was abducted by the killers.
About 700 Catholic priests from far and near attended the funeral Mass while the congregation occupied every available space in the Church’s premises clad in black attires.
The journey from the Church after the mass took another 30 minutes as the priests match pass in two line formation while the remains of late Father Borogo was wheeled behind in slow but emotional pace.
Late Fr. Borogo
In his address, the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso said that Nigerians are prisoners in their own country because of persistent attacks and killings in Nigeria. Nigerians are traumatized and at the stage of loosing hope, lamenting that some Nigerians have no reason to live again because of the way things are going on in this country.
“I feel devastated, it is so painful that within one year I have buried 3 priests who died in the hands of this bandits, the most painful one was late Fr. Aketeh whose burial took place last three weeks without his corpse”.
He said “over my 60 years of age we have not seen it this bad as it is now, even during the civil war it was not bad as it is now. Something is wrong with leadership of this country, we live in confusion in this country “.
“We no longer have tears in our eyes because the source of our tears have dried up because of constant crying. We have also lost our voices because when you talk nobody listens, you cry nobody hears your cry, but we will not loose hope, one day God will wipe our tears.
Ndagoso advised that government should recruit young people who are willing to safeguard this country, adding that there are so many millions of young men who are willing to defend their land.
He further said “any politician who can not secure Nigerians should not vying for any political position, it is better the person withdraw from the race”.
On his part, the Vice Chairman of the Indigenous Priests of Kaduna, Rev. Fr Joseph Gandu called on the government to secure lives and properties of Nigerians, maintaining that they are their core responsibility.
He noted that nobody has any right to kill one another and that human beings are major assets of this country before any other assets.