By Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Politicians have been told to down play politics whenever they are in a worship place, especially in moments of grief, because “it’s a moment for somber reflection as we recount the loss of one of us.”
Late Felix Tsenba Wummen Bako
Minister for Youths and Sports, Barr Solomon Dalung, made the statement at St Stephen’s Catholic Church, Nyak, Ajikamai in Shendam local government of Plateau State during the funeral Mass for late Felix Tsenba Wummen Bako, on Friday.
Barr Dalung, who represented President Muhammad Buhari at the occasion, said the only “Excellency” in the house of God or places of worship is GOD, who created heaven and earth, and that everybody is equal before God.
According to the minister, the president commended the people of the state and governor for the peaceful situation that has been witnessed in the state for the past two (2) years.
The President, who described the death of late Tsenba Wummen Bako, as a great loss to the entire nation, said that the country has been ‘rubbed’ of its great potential, “who would have made huge contributions to the leadership and the development of this country.”
Also speaking, a representative of the 36 state governors, Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima, who is also chairman of the 19 states northern governors’ forum, described late Wummen Bako as a paragon in humility, diligent and commitment, who laid a footprint in his time, adding that the late Bako was also a young man of sterling character, discipline with admirable qualities, who was a brother to them, and prayed God to grant the late Bako eternal rest.
In his own words, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, said that his wished to die like his late younger brother, Dr. Tsenba Wummen Bako, who he said had an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ.
According to Lalong, his late brother knew he was going to die. He was a lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting at the University of Jos.
Governor Lalong described the deceased as God-fearing, adding that Bako had finished his job on earth and was resting in the bosom of the Lord.
“It has not been easy for us since his death, because of the number of people, who have been coming to greet us and pay condolence visits. We were all born in this village. Our father died and left nothing for us. It has been the grace of God for the past 30 years. Our sisters were the people, who took care of us.
“The grace of God has been sufficient. I wish I would die like him. My brother knew he was going to die and, as we put in our efforts, (but) he repeatedly said, ‘Don’t worry; I know I am going to die.’ We are happy he died in the Lord; he had the opportunity. He has finished his job on earth and he is now resting in the bosom of the Lord.”
The Mass was attended by many dignitaries, including a representative of the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, governors of Sokoto State (Aminu Waziri Tambuwal); Kano State (Abdullahi Ganduje); and former Military governor of Plateau State, Col. Habibu Shuaibu, among others.