Born in April 1956, the late Nigerian Catholic Bishop was ordained a member of the Clergy of the Archdiocese of Kaduna in June 1983.
At the time of his death, Bishop Dodo was serving as a committee member of the Mission and Inter Religious Dialogue Department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria.
He served as the chairman of Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) from December 2012 to 2019.
Following the news of the Bishop’s demise, Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn him and condole with the people of God in Zaria Diocese.
“Our thoughts and prayers with the people of the Catholic Diocese of Zaria Diocese, Kaduna Archdiocese and the entire Catholic Community in Nigeria and the world at large. May the soul of Bishop Dodo and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercies of God rest in Peace. Amen,” officials of Fides Media, the Communications Directorate of Nigeria’s Awka Diocese, say on Facebook.
On his part, Evang Paul Oluebube Chimeremma says, “O Death where is thy sting? Just woke up this morning to hear the sad news of the death of Most Rev. Dr. George Jonathan Dodo the Roman Catholic Bishop of Zaria, Nigeria. May the Lord whom you have served so well here on earth receive you in heaven, that you may join the company of his saints and angels, Amen.
“Rest in peace our Lord Bishop. We commiserate with the entire Catholic parishioners of Zaria and the World at large. May his soul rest in peace, Amen,” officials of the Diocese of Bomadi have said on Facebook.
In the July 8 statement announcing the Nigerian Bishop’s death, the Vice Chancellor of Zaria Diocese says, “While we enjoin all to pray for his peaceful repose, information regarding his burial will be announced as soon as possible.”
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.