By Charles Igwe
Bishop Julius Yakubu Kundi of the Diocese of Kafanchan, Nigeria, has issued a heartfelt call for prayer and unity following a tragic attack that resulted in the loss of a young seminarian’s life. On September 7, unidentified assailants set fire to the parish rectory at St. Raphael’s parish in Fadan Kamantan, tragically claiming the life of 25-year-old seminarian Na’aman Danlami.
In a statement released by the Bishop, it was revealed that two priests, Father Emmanuel Okolo and Father Monday Noah, narrowly escaped the attack, which occurred at approximately 8:00 PM. The assailants had initially attempted to abduct the parish priest, but when access to the residence proved difficult, they resorted to setting fire to the facility.
Bishop Kundi, deeply affected by the loss of Seminarian Na’aman Danlami, emphasized the need for unity and unwavering faith during this trying time. He urged the faithful not to forget their calling as followers of Jesus Christ, who are prepared to receive everything from God and give everything for Him.
In a message titled “Nothing can take our joy away,” released ahead of the feast of the Diocesan patron, St. Peter Claver, on September 9, Bishop Kundi encouraged the people of God to be thankful for the abundant harvest in evangelization that the diocese has witnessed over the past three decades. He invoked the words of the Apostle Paul, reminding believers to give thanks in all circumstances, as it is the Will of God in Christ Jesus.
Bishop Kundi also conveyed the support and prayers of all Catholic Bishops in Nigeria, who stand united with the Diocese of Kafanchan during these challenging times. He reassured the faithful that victory would ultimately be theirs.
In his concluding remarks, Bishop Kundi expressed his closeness to the people of God in the north-central southern Kaduna region, which has faced relentless violence. He drew strength from the belief that nothing could separate them from the love of God, emphasizing the resilience of the Church and its unity. He prayed for Seminarian Na’aman’s soul and invoked the intercession of St. Peter Claver for continued strength and guidance.
As the diocese mourns the loss of Seminarian Na’aman Danlami, Bishop Kundi’s message serves as a beacon of hope, unity, and unwavering faith in the face of adversity.