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Tears as slain Catholic priest Tanko is buried in Taraba State


The Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. David Tanko, who was last week killed by unknown gunmen in Kufai-Amadu village of Takum Local Council of Taraba State, was yesterday laid to rest amid tears.

Tanko, who was murdered on his way from the administrative headquarters of Takum from a peace meeting between the Tiv and Jukun ethnic groups, was before his death the priest of St. Peter’s Catholic Church located in Kufai-Amadu village.

Bishop of Jalingo Diocese of the Catholic, Most Rev. Charles Hammawa, in his sermon, described the late clergyman as a lover of peace who paid the supreme price with his life in the most inhuman way.

“We are only strengthened and comforted by our Christian faith of surrendering all things to God, and our faith in the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting.

“Rev. Fr. David Tanko was part of the peace efforts initiated by me the Bishop of the Diocese of Jalingo to help in bringing an end to the fight between the Tiv and Jukun. His death would not deter the church from doing the needful to ensure peace in the state.”

The late priest, according to him, “was a good man, a good priest, diligent, hard-working, amiable and peaceful. He never sets out to offend anyone and was also a prayerful person. He is the kind of person Nigeria needs to come out of the quagmire and mess we are in today and a person who will serve selflessly without any bias.”

The bishop, therefore, urged the government at all levels to be alive in their statutory responsibility in protection of lives and property.Besides, Taraba State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Isaiah Jirapye, who was visibly dejected, said the death of Fr. Tanko was a great loss not only to the Catholic community, but also to the church entirely.


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