According to a report by SaharaReporters, the funeral rites of the Catholic priest of Kaduna Catholic Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Joseph Bako Aketeh, who was killed by terrorists, were on Tuesday performed at St. John’s Catholic Church Kudenda, Kaduna without his corpse.
Fr. Aketeh was abducted at his residence within the church on March 8 and was eventually killed by his abductors who did not release his remains. He was abducted with his brother, Sunday Bako, who was also killed in captivity.
Presiding over the funeral rites yesterday, Leadership quoted the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso as saying, “This is the first time I am presiding over a funeral mass without the corpse, we hope that one day we would be able to see even if it is his bones.
“Nigerians are worn out due to weeping; our eyes could no longer produce tears. Bandits are terrorising with impunity. Does our government really care about our pains? Something is happening, they have failed us.
“Nigeria is a country where citizens are treated unequally because of religion and ethnicity. Vices have become a value in our country.”
Archbishop Ndagoso called on the federal government to deploy the country’s resources to recruiting young men that can fight the rising insecurity and guarantee safety of Nigerians.