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Bauchi suicide bomb victims buried amidst wailing

| June 9, 2012 More

Five victims of last Sunday’s suicide bombing at the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) and Harvest Field Church, Yelwa Tudu, Bauchi were buried yesterday amidst wailing.

On Monday, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bauchi State chapter, said 20 Christians and one Muslim died in the blast. It also said 45 persons were injured when a suicide bomber in a blue Honda Civic car stormed the church premises.

Among those buried was Irmiya Hassan Dodo, 67, a Second Republic House of Representatives member, Joseph Kehinde Aiyedipe, 30, a student of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Samuel Olusegun, 16, an SS II student of the Divine International School,  Bauchi, Augustine Effion Ita, 32, an adolescent health specialist and Suru Gbamgboshe, a final year student of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University , Bauchi.

The remains of the deceased, who were members of the Winners Chapel, were interred at the Bauchi Christian Cemetery, Yelwa Kagadama at 12:32 pm.

The pastor of the church, Gauis  Biyal, in a  brief sermon, urged Christians not to seek revenge against anyone.

“Vengeance belongs to the Lord; vengeance belongs to Jesus Christ who was persecuted for our sake. It is He that can fight on our behalf. He knows what to do. If we try to do it ourselves, we will die in the process,” he told the wailing crowd.

The Chairman of CAN in the state, Rev. Pokti Lawi, stressed the need for Christians not to take the law into their hands, adding that CAN as a body, would not support such an action.

He decried the killings by soldiers who were drafted to the scene of the blast, saying God would avenge the killings of the people without a just cause.

The President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Emeka Emefesi, noted that the Christian community has been thrown into sorrow by the incident. 

Category: Bauchi State News

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