Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas has congratulated the Catholic Bishop of Yola and chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Adamawa state chapter, Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza on his 25th anniversary as a priest and 10th anniversary as the catholic bishop of Yola diocese.
Bishop Mamza has on Tuesday celebrated God’s faithfulness upon his life through the years at a grant occasion attended by both religious and political leaders across the country. Among them is the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah.
While congratulating the clergy, Hon. Namdas described him as a peace-loving man of God who has touched the lives of both Christian and Muslims during and after the Boko Haram crisis that affected some parts of Adamawa and Borno states since 2014.
“Bishop Mamza is someone I respect so much. He has proven over the years to be a man of integrity, peace-loving, and a symbol of unity. His philanthropic gesture towards the plight of those displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency is second to none,” Namdas said.
The lawmaker urged religious and political leaders to emulate the exemplary life of Bishop Mamza which he said should serve as a model for the peaceful coexistence of all citizens.
“On behalf of myself, family, and the people of my constituency, I sincerely congratulate Bishop Mamza on attaining his 25th anniversary as a Catholic priest and 10th anniversary as the Catholic Bishop of Yola. I am confident that the days and years ahead will be filled with more blessings, wisdom, and grace upon his life.” Namdas added.
The lawmaker who is representing Ganye, Jada, Toungo, and Mayo-Belwa at the House of Representative also congratulate the Bishop on the successful commissioning of 86 units of a housing estate, school, hospital, a church, and a mosque build for the resettlement of some Internally Displaced Persons who have been taking refuge at the St. Theresa Catholic church since 2014.
Namdas said the gesture will bring renewed hope for the former IDPs as they will start life afresh with their families.
“What Bishop Mamza has done is what every government should have done to ensure that those displaced by the insurgency have a better life. I am so happy to hear that children of the displaced can comfortably go back to school and achieve their dreams in life. The fact that the bishop also built a mosque in the estate shows what kind of a human he is. There are so many lessons that we all need to learn from this man of God. If we all are like Mamza then I believe that Nigeria will be better for it,” Namdas stressed.
The 86 IDP households who have been living in IDP camps for seven years have since been relocated to their new settlement at Sengere Marghi in Girei local government area of Adamawa state.