Tuesday, April 24, 2018 11:43 pm
A cleric, Fr. Anthony Fadairo, on Tuesday urged Nigerians, especially Christians, to pray to God to guide leaders to tame the spate of killings in the country.
Fadairo, Parish Priest, St. Agnes Catholic Church Maryland, Lagos, gave the advice at the Service of Songs for late Ted Mukoro.
Mukoro, popularly known as “Uncle Ted”, died on March 7 at 89, after a brief illness.
Mukoro, was a renowned actor who played the original role of “Headmaster” in the popular TV series, “The Village Headmaster” in the 80s.
He was also a broadcaster and an advertising guru with stints at the Nigerian Television Authority and Lintas Lowe, an advertising agency.
Fadairo condemned the spate of killings in the country, especially by suspected herdsmen.
He said the fresh killings of people in Benue, including two Catholic priests, was appalling .
“We just heard of the fresh killing of people, including two Catholic priests by suspected herdsmen.
“It is so sad. We should pray for our leaders for direction on this issue.
“We should also pray for these rampaging killers to have a change of heart, so that there can be peace,” he said.
The cleric urged Christians to live exemplary lives filled with love for others so that people would always remember them for their good deeds.
He said the late Mukoro lived a life worth emulating, and would be missed not only members of the church but people whose lives he touched with love.
Fadairo also described Mukoro as a pious person in his life lifetime, who dedicated his life to God.
“Pa Mukoro lived an exemplary life. He was a pious man who was always present at the church.
“He was a dedicated family man who was very close to his wife and children. He lived a fulfilled life,” he said.
The cleric said the life and times of late Mukoro should serve as a lesson to everyone that life is transient, no matter how good one is.
Fadairo urged Christians to always defend their faith even in the face of persecution.
He urged Christians not to curse their enemies but pray for them so that God could touch them.
NAN reports that prayers were offered for the peaceful repose of the deceased.
Actors, broadcasters and prominent advertising personalities joined the deceased ‘s family members in extolling the virtues of the deceased at the service.
Some of those in attendance include an advertising guru, Mr Biodun Shobanjo, renowned broadcasters, Mr Soni Irabor and Patrick Doyle, as well as some former cast members in “Village Headmaster”.