Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mourners Boo, Chase Away Emir Of suleja @ funeral mass for victims of bomb blast

There was tension at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State on Wednesday during the funeral mass held for victims of the Christmas Day bomb explosion as the congregation prevented the Emir of Suleija, Alhaji Awal Ibrahim, from entering the church.
The Emir, who was said to have arrived the church at about 11.00am, was booed by the congregation with shouts of “No, no. We don’t want him here.”

Despite the intervention of some priests, the monarch was not allowed into the church to make any speech.

He was later driven off amidst tight security.

But reacting to the development, the Niger State chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Musa Dada, said the Emir should have been forgiven.

He said, “When the bomb incident happened I was told that the Emir neither came nor sent anybody to the church about three days after until when the government queried him to explain why he refused to visit the church and sympathise with the victims.

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