Friday, 15 July 2016


His Lordship, Bishop Emeritus Athanasius Atule Usuh passed on earlier yesterday 14 July 2016 at a private hospital in Abuja after a protracted illness.

His life:

Born to the family of the late Pa Joseph Usuh Anachi and Mama Edna Hilemo Usuh of Mbatyough, Mbagen in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State, Bishop Usuh was born on 2nd May, 1942. His mother gave birth to eleven children of whom Bishop Usuh was the second born – all of whom are now deceased except the bishop’s younger brother, Emmanuel Ishosen Usuh.

His achievements:

Since he took over the leadership of the Makurdi Diocese twenty-five years ago, there has been phenomenal growth of the Church in that part of Nigeria: the increase in the number of Catholics evident in the number of priests and bishops ordained, dioceses created and the many young people in the seminaries. During these twenty-five years, we witnessed the creation of Otukpo, Lafia, Gboko and Katsina-Ala Dioceses, with the following as bishops: the late Bishop Fidelis Ogah, Bishops Matthew Audu, Michael Apochi, William Avenya and Peter Adoboh.

His burial details will be announced by the church soon.

By Abel Oche

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