Catholic Priest Burnt Alive By Bandits In Niger Buried
Priest of Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Reverend Father Isaac Achi who was burnt alive by bandits in Niger State has been buried in the state capital.
The Catholic Priest was attacked and burnt alive when his house was set ablaze by bandits on Sunday morning.
The bandits staged attack on the Kafin Koro Community in Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State where the house of the Catholic Priest was set ablaze.
The remains of the Priest, Reverend Father Isaac Achi were buried at the St Michael Catholic Church premises in Minna, the capital of Niger State on Friday.
Over 500 Catholic priests from within and outside Nigeria thronged the Saint Michael’s Catholic Cathedral Church Minna to bid farewell to the late cleric in overcrowded final funeral rites, according to Daily Post news media.
Speaking during the funeral service, Daily Post reported that the Dean of the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), Catholic University, Port Harcourt, Very Reverend Father Samuel Gwimi described the gruesome murder of Father Achi as shocking to him and other priests.
According to him: “We are still looking for answers and explanations as to why he was killed, but we have also consoled ourselves in the Lord knowing the slain priest is resting in the bosom of God.”
Gwimi called on other priests and Christians to immortalize Reverend Achi by exhibiting his character of generosity and seeker of truth and peace.
“Father Achi has touched every one of us in one way or the other. His generosity to individuals and groups cannot be quantified, and that is why his death is painful to us all. The separation from him is painful because of the touch and impact he has had in our lives.”
He also appealed to political leaders and security agents in the nation to be more proactive about the issues of security to stop future occurrences from happening.
“Father Achi fought a good fight of faith and finished the race and is already sitting peacefully with God,” the cleric added.