Kaduna, February 11, 2020. Sorrows! Wailing! Tears!—reign in Kaduna as the young seminarian, an 18-year-old Michael Nnadi, just in his first year of training for the priesthood under Sokoto Diocese, was laid to rest after being gruesomely murdered by his captors.
He was born on February 16, 2001 in Sokoto, Sokoto State, Nigeria, to Late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Chinyere Nnadi. He was studying in Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria from where he was abducted in his room (along with three other seminarians) on the 8th of January 2020, at bout 11:05pm, by unknown gunmen, who broke into the seminary hostel.
Though, others were eventually released on Friday, January 31, 2020, the young Michael was not. He was killed, probably, between 28th and 30th of January 2020. His lifeless body was found on February 1, 2020.
His death provoked immense international outcry, tilting towards religious mistrust and put to light the dire security situations in Nigeria vis-a-vis the promises and tales by Nigerian Government on the successes recorded by her security apparatus in tackling terrorism and general criminality plaguing the country, especially, in the North.
Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Chief mourner and Bishop of Sokoto Diocese gave a long but moving homily that put the entire Nigerian political leadership on the spot.
The Archbishop of Kaduna Archdiocese, Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, also gave a very touching message.
In attendance were 8 Bishops, Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, about 530 Priests, dozens of Seminarians, over 200 Religious Men and Women from different Congregations. Knights and Lady Knights of the Church and thousands of Christ faithful from all over the country and beyond were present, mourning.
It was a day of anger! A day of indescribable grief!
But a martyr, little Michael Nnadi, is born in heaven!