He also cautioned leaders in Southern Kaduna against disloyalty. “May I also speak to our political leaders from Southern Kaduna. Enough of the sellout. Enough of the betrayal,” he said.
“There is never a political move in the state or in the country that you do not know,” Fr. Romanus said, addressing himself to political leaders in the Nigerian State, and added, “Keep quiet and allow your people to be cheated because money is more important to you than the comfort of your people.”
“I pray that, before God would demand an account of your decision, the people would speedily ask you on behalf of God,” he further said.
Addressing himself to members of the Clergy, Fr. Romanus said, “To you my brother Priests, we have lost a brother and a friend. A fellow prophet has fallen.”
“The death of a Priest should remind us of our common unity. It should remind us of the need to hold our hands and walk together. Most times, we allow the lay faithful to know our common differences and weaknesses,” he said, adding that oppressors take advantage of the divisions among Christians.
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“Now that we have become an endangered species, we must work towards strengthening our unity,” Fr. Romanus further said, and continued, “We must manage the way we discuss and reveal the identity and projects of our brother Priests before the lay faithful.”
“The sheep that we cater for have turned us into commodities they can sell to make money,” he added.
Fr. Romanus underscored the need for unity among members of the Clergy, saying, “When we remain united, we shall succeed. But when we decide to put our differences into play, we would not achieve the result of our ministry.”
Addressing himself to the Laity, the member of the Clergy of Kafanchan Diocese said, “Pray for us, your Priests, that we may lead you well.”
“We are your leaders and not animals that you can sell and make gains. Whatever differences you have with us, there are ways to settle that amicably other than what you do to us now,” Fr. Romanus said during the Funeral Mass of his late colleague, Fr. John Mark.
He added, “Those of you who hand us over to our enemies know this, when they are done with us, they will certainly turn to you.”
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.