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LATE BISHOP AJE DESCRIBED AS AN EMBODIMENT OF LIFE OF SIMPLICITY

The late emeritus Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Kevin Aje has been described as an exemplary apostle of Christ who lived a life of simplicity and firmly believed in the Resurrection of Christ as victory over death; a faith he preached all his life.

This summary of the good Catholic life of the former Chief Shepherd of Sokoto Diocese was affirmed by the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), and the Archbishop of Benin City, Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubeze, in his remarks at the funeral of the late bishop. The ceremony took place, recently at the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral, Sokoto, Sokoto State.

Noting that the CBCN, the Church in Nigeria, the diocese and entire people of Sokoto will miss the exemplary simplicity and fatherly care of the former chief Shepherd; Archbishop Akubeze stated that for more than 52 years as a priest and 36 years as a bishop, Bishop Aje taught many to accept the Christian way of life. Commiserating with the chief mourner. Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah and the faithful of Sokoto Diocese; Archbishop Akubeze eulogized the deceased and described him as a great gift from God.

He described the late emeritus Bishop as: “A man who was a great teacher of the faith. A meticulous minister of the Sacraments, an ecclesiastical prelate who led the people through collaboration and listening to the people of God.” He added; “We have come to bury a man who gave all he had for the service of God and his people.”

The CBCN President went on to note that old age is achieved by man through collaboration with God. His words: “It is an achievement that comes as a result of our cooperation with the grace of God. The late Bishop emeritus died at the age of 85. Archbishop Akubeze prayed that the labour of the deceased in the vineyard of God in the service of humanity may not be in vain.

Archbishop Akubeze also used the occasion to appreciate the local ordinary of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, describing him as an orator who has always spoken in the interest of the people. His words: “Many Nigerians are grateful to God for blessing us with an orator like you. Many Nigerians are thankful for your social commentaries and the positions you often take in political issues that affect the people. The people of Sokoto diocese are blessed to have you as their shepherd.”

He then urged Bishop Kukah to “continue to exercise his prophetic ministry by denouncing corruption in government, by denouncing nepotism in governance, by denouncing economic policy that does not lift the poor out of poverty and by denouncing the poor performance of government, irrespective of the political party in power.”

 


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