By Olivia Obijiaku
The remains of the pioneer bishop of the Catholic diocese of Zaria, the Most Rev. Dr George Jonathan Dodo, were laid to rest inside his cathedral, Christ the King Catholic Cathedral (CKCC), Sabo Gari, Zaria, on Thursday, 4th August 2022, after the funeral Mass that took place at his alma mater, St Joseph’s Seminary, Basawa, Zaria, Kaduna State. Delivering the homily at the Mass which was presided over by the Catholic archbishop of Kaduna, His Grace, the Most Rev. Dr Matthew Man Oso Ndagoso, the Catholic bishop of Kano, the Most Rev. Dr John Niyiring, described his late counterpart as a genuine and obedient priest who bequeathed numerous priests and a vibrant diocese to the Church.Representing the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and the metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, the Most Rev. Dr. Lucius Ugorji, the vice president of the CBCN, Archbishop Ndagoso, revealed that the conference will greatly miss Bishop Dodo’s secretarial skills and commitment to New Evangelisation.On his part, the Catholic bishop of Kafanchan and a former priest of the diocese, the Most Rev. Dr Julius Yakubu Kundi, delivered the homily at the Mass of wake which took place at CKCC and was chiefly celebrated by the Catholic bishop of Minna, the Most Rev. Dr Martins Uzoukwu, testifying that his former bishop was a gentle giant who worked tirelessly for the growth of Zaria Diocese despite the meagre resources at his disposal. His words: “As his vicar-general, I came to understand him better. From afar, his looks were scary but when you get to know him, you discover his true personality as a gentle giant and a lamb.”The diocesan administrator, the Very Rev. Fr Michael Pius Kagarko, had in his welcome address at the funeral Mass acknowledged how upset the diocese had been following the demise of Bishop Dodo and his father Pa David Dodo on 8th and 2nd August 2022, respectively, but expressed trust in God’s help to enable them to continue working for Him. He also thanked everyone including John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Bishop Matthew Kukah and ten apostles of the Church who were present at the Mass and prayed to God to reward them abundantly.