Saturday, 16 July 2016


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has described as a colossal loss to the entire Christian community, the state and the country at large, the death of the Bishop Emeritus of Makurdi Diocese, Most Reverend Bishop Athanasius Atule Usuh.

Governor Ortom says Bishop Usuh who became the first indigenous Bishop of Makurdi Catholic Diocese in 1989, has contributed in many significant ways to develop and expand the church in the state.

He said the people of Guma local government area in particular will remember Bishop Usuh for the establishment of St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Gbajimba which the late Bishop single-handedly made possible.

The Governor describes Bishop Usuh whose personal motto was 'Lord I am not worthy' as a humble servant of God who led the Church with utmost humility and selflessness winning many souls for Jesus Christ.

According to him, the leadership of the Diocese under Bishop Usuh witnessed phenomenal growth of the Church in this part of the country leading to the creation of Otukpo, Lafia, Gboko and Katsina-Ala Dioceses.

Governor Ortom adds that Benue will miss Bishop Usuh's wise and fatherly counsel at a time the state is facing a difficult economic and security situation. He prays God to grant the gentle soul of Bishop Athanatius Usuh eternal rest and console the Church.


Terver Akase
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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