AMINA ANEBI, Kaduna
Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna State performed the funeral rites of late Rev Fr. Joseph Bako Aketeh, who died in the hands of his abductors on March 8, 2022, without the corpse.
The Catholic Archdiocese confirmed his death alongside his brother, Sunday Bako, through its counselor.
Late Fr. Bako’s funeral rites was performed at St. John’s Catholic church Kudenda, Kaduna, where he was kidnapped by terrorists.
It would be recalled that the late Fr. Bako was kidnapped at his residence at St. John’s Catholic Church Kudenda, where he served as a parish priest.
The Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso during his homily said, “This is the first time I am presiding over a funeral mass without the corpse. We hope that one day we will 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 values in our country”.
He, therefore, advised the Federal Government to use Nigeria’s resources to recruit young men who are willing to fight insecurity in order to defend the country.
Friends, family, Uncle wept profusely and were in sad moods as the late Reverend Father was buried without his corpse.