By Anayo Ezugwu
MOST Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, has announced the burial arrangement of his late mother, Mama Janet Hauwa Kukah. He said the wake keep Mass would be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Sabon Tasha on Thursday, July 16, while the funeral Mass would be held on Friday, July 17, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Anchuna.
In a public announcement, Bishop Kukah said in both Masses, limits had been set on numbers, according to social distance protocols in both Churches. He noted that once the approved numbers have been reached, no one will be allowed in.
“The few canopies outside will also be set respecting the same protocols. No one will be allowed into both Churches without a face mask. Masks must be worn throughout the period of the celebrations. Water and hand sanitizers will be available while thermometers will be used. The final commendation is closed to the public,” he said.
Bishop Kukah used the opportunity to thank President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians for sympathizing with the family. “I want to express my deep appreciation to all Nigerians, beginning with our President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, along with many other Nigerians from all walks of life, who have written or called to express their sympathies with us on the occasion of the death of our beloved mother, Mama Janet Hauwa Kukah.
“In the light of the prevailing circumstances and the measures and protocols put in place in the wake of Covid-19 by the Federal and State governments, I wish to appeal to all men and women of goodwill to kindly appreciate the complex nature of the situation and honour our mother and our family more by prayers than physical presence. Bishops, Traditional rulers and Priests have heeded our appeal to please kindly stay at home and pray for us.
“I know that there are thousands of Nigerians from across the country who would have loved to be with us physically to bid farewell to our mother. However, the present situation calls for vigilance and caution. As such, I wish to make the following appeal to all our well-wishers,” Bishop Kukah said.
– Jul. 16, 2020 @ 9:35 GMT |