President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the passage of the Bishop Emeritus of Sokoto, Most Rev Kevin Joseph Aje, just as he commiserated with the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, President and members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, and the entire Catholic community in the country.
The Bishop Emeritus, aged 85, served as a priest for almost 50 years, retiring at Sokoto in 2011.
President Buhari recalls his steadfast advocacy of cordiality between Christians and Muslims in the country, and how he was a peacemaker and bridge builder, stressing that that would resonate whenever he was remembered.
The President recommended the sterling virtues of Most Rev. Aje to younger priests and preachers and to all Nigerians at large.
He described the Bishop Emeritus as a “great spiritual father,” who has left his footprints on the sands of time.
President Buhari prayed for the repose of the soul of the Bishop Emeritus.