A mammoth crowd of sympathizers on Saturday witnessed the burial of
Sunday Joshua, the security guard allegedly beaten to death at New
Trafford Hotels and Suites at Gwalameji in Bauchi, May 26, over a
The burial was attended by well-known clergy, Archbishop Charles
Yohanna, Member Bauchi State House of Assembly representing Bogoro
Constituency, Honourable Musa Nakwada, family, friends and
Joshua’s remains were brought from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, to the Christian Cemetery at
Yelwa in a procession by the Boys’ Brigade at about 10:21 am.
The Brigade rendered soul touching songs with trumpets, bands at the
background as they carried Joshua’s corpse for final interment.
The deceased mother, Urfa Joshua, could not be consoled as she wept
while the coffin was lowered to mother earth.
In his homily at the funeral, Rev. Evans Bingila, of the Lutheran
Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN II), Yelwa, harped on forgiveness
urging family and friends of the deceased particularly the youth not
to take the laws into their hands by breaking the law in trying to
‘avenge’ Sunday’s murder.
He took his message in the Bible from Exodus 21verse 24 to 25,
“It is written that if a man slaps you, you can slap the person back;
if he removes your tooth, you can also revenge.
If we are to follow this teaching in the Old Testament, there would be no peace in the
world. It means we will keep killing ourselves. In fact, the suspected
killers of Joshua would not have been alive if we are to take laws
into our hands.
But let us listen to what Jesus commanded that you
have heard it being said in the past, an eye for a tooth for tooth,
hand for a hand but this is what I (Jesus) have said revenge belongs
Nakwada, who represented the Bauchi State House of Assembly at the
funeral, called for patience over Joshua’s murder, saying the
the leadership of the House is in the picture, as the family of the
deceased has met with the Speaker, Abubakar Suleiman.
“I am representing the house at this funeral. A lot of people have
spoken and I would ensure that I report to the House,” he said,
assuring that as lawmakers, the State Assembly would ensure that
justice was served in the case of murdered Joshua.
He appealed for calm among aggrieved and grieving family and friends
of the deceased by allowing the law to take its course.
In his remarks, the representative of the Christian Association of
Nigeria (CAN) in the state, Archbishop Charles Yohana, explained that
the Christian body had earlier paid a condolence visit to the family
and the LCCN II Yelwa, where the deceased was a devout member.
“I want to plead with the youth to allow the law to take its course in
the whole matter. The word of God, as the clergy had early stressed,
could be hurting, but Jesus commanded us to offer the other cheek when
we are slapped as Christians.
We as Christians would not disobey God’s commandant knowing that one day we will also taste death. God is the Judge and since he is the one that commands us not to take revenge but must believe what he said that vengeance belongs to him. God is the
only one that can handle the issue without human intervention and we will see his intervention soon,” he said
The clergy called on the state government to ensure the protection of
lives and property of citizens to ensure that the peace in the state