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NIGERIA: Oldest Catholic Cleric to be Buried on June 10

The late Rev. Monsignor Pedro Martins is to be buried on June 10, after a requiem mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos.
 
This was contained in a statement issued by Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.
 
Martins died on May 16. He was 103 years.
The statement, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) described the monsignor, who was born on November 16, 1910, as a man of many firsts.
 
He was the first Lagosian to be ordained Catholic priest and the pioneer Nigerian Catholic Chaplain of the Nigerian Army.
 
The statement added that there would be a vigil mass on June 9 at St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos.
 
It said Martins was also the first Nigerian Director of the Nigerian Army Chaplaincy Services (Catholic).
 
“He was also the oldest living Catholic cleric and oldest living retired military officer,” the statement quoted the archbishop as saying.
It urged Nigerians not to give in to despondency or become apathetic in the face of terror, stressing that prayers should be the watchword.
The statement added: “As we speak to government and security operatives, we must not fail to continue to ask our people to be vigilant, to pay attention to events and people around them.
“We must also show interest in any strange object and person and take steps to challenge or at least report them to the authorities concerned.”
 
It also appealed to the government to address the issue on the lingering strike in polytechnics in the country, saying an idle hand is the devils workshop.
“We must also appeal to the government to do something concrete about the lingering strike. The workers have been away from work and students have been suffering for so many month now.”

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