Remains of 5 Bauchi blast victims buried, amidst tears
There were tears and wailing on Wednesday as the corpses of five victims of Sunday’s suicide bomb blast at Harvest Field Church and Living Faith Church in Tudun Yelwa, Bauchi State were buried.
Nine persons, including the suicide bomber, died after the terrorist rammed into a barricade erected by the churches at the entrance to their compounds.
No fewer than 27 others were injured in the attack, which took place while the churches were observing Sunday worship.
Relatives, friends and faithful of the affected churches gathered at the burial of Mr. Irmaya Dodo, 67; and Mr. Joseph Aiyedipe, 30.
Also buried were Samuel Olusegun, 16; Augustine Effion-Ita, 32; and Suru Gbamgbose.
All the deceased were members of the Living Faith Church in Bauchi, and were buried at the Christian Cemetery in Yelwa Kagadama area of the Bauchi State capital.
In his sermon, Pastor Gauis Biyal counselled faithful against seeking revenge over the attack.
He said, “Vengeance belongs to the Lord, vengeance belongs to Jesus Christ, who was persecuted for our sake.
“It is He that can fight on our behalf. He knows what to do and if we try to do it ourselves, we will die in the process.”
The Chairman, Bauchi State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Lewi Pokti, also appealed for calm and pleaded with Christian faithful not to take the laws into their own hands.