By Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity)
President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, President and members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, and the entire Catholic community in the country, on the passage of the Bishop Emeritus of Sokoto, Most Rev Kevin Joseph Aje.
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 this would resonate whenever the departed cleric comes to mind.
The President recommends the sterling virtues of Most Rev Aje to younger priests and preachers, and to all Nigerians at large.
He describes the Bishop Emeritus as a “great spiritual father,” who has left his footprints on the sands of time.
President Buhari prays for the repose of the soul of the Bishop Emeritus.