Rev. Fr. John Gbakaan, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, Nigeria has been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits.
The priest was reportedly killed after he was abducted by the bandits in the north-central state.
Another Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ugochukwu Ugwoke, made the announcement on Saturday, January 16 via Twitter.
The brutal killing of the priest has sparked an outpouring of emotions by Catholic faithful in the state and beyond.
On Twitter, many Nigerians have been sharing their thoughts on the killing and the activities of bandits in northern Nigeria.
Adeyemi Kayode Fabunmi wrote:
“My heart and condolences is with the parishioners of the Catholic Diocese of Minna at this moment, may God console them grant the late priest eternal rest.
The perpetrators of this dastardly act must be found and prosecuted.” Government James wrote:
“May the soul of Father John Gbakaan and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in perfect and eternal peace.”
Umar Mudathir wrote:
“So sad. May his soul rest in peace. I keep wondering and asking myself. Is there any relationship between spiritual leaders and these evil men? Why killing them?”
Agapios Theophilus wrote:
“Praying! May he rest in peace, and may those who killed him come to repentance.”
Charles Fayomi wrote:
“This is very sad. Yet, they expect the Kukahs of Nigeria to be silent. Rest in Peace Padre.”