By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The university of Jos Community and that of Babcok university Ileshan Remo in Ogun state have been thrown into mourning following the loss of the second Son of the Vice Chancellor university of Jos, Prof Sebastian Maimako.
Shitna’an Maimako, a 25 year old final year student of Information Resource Management department from the university of Babcok died on Monday, at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) after a brief illness.
Plateau state governor Simon Lalong and his Benue state counterpart Samuel Ortom were represented at his burial, held at the deceased home town, Baking Ciyawa, Qua’anpan local government area of Plateau state, about 250 kilometers away from the state capital Jos.
Governor Barrister Simon Lalong was represented by the speaker Plateau state House of Assembly Rt Hon Joshua Madaki, the governor said the loss of Shitna’an was a loss for the entire state, not just that of the Maimako family.
Similarly, Benue state governor Dr. Samuel Ortom who spoke at the Requiem Mass held at St Mary’s Catholic Church Baking Ciyawa, the Benue state governor spoke through Prof Tor Iorapuu, who reiterated that the death of late Shitna’an was a loss to the entire north central state people.
Dr. Ortom on behalf of government of Benue state and the people, commiserated with Plateau state government and the entire family of late Shitna’an, and pray for the repoussé of his soul.
The christian burial rite of late Shitna’an was a gathering of who is who in the educational sector, as most heads of higher institutions were present; the funeral almost collapse academic activities at the university of Jos, as almost all management staff of the institution attended the burial.
Earlier, during the Requiem Mass, the priest in charge of St Mary Catholic Church Rev Fr James Nanbak alongside other 7 priests in a homily told the congregation that death is inevitable.
“No amount of prayer can stop death of a person when the appointed time come, I urge us all to to be prepared to meet the lord.”
The cleric charged the family of Maimako to accept the death of their Son as the will of God, and should not question God on why such misfortunes befell them.
All the priests prayed for the repoussé of the soul of late Shitna’an to rest with the lord.
In a vote of thanks to sympathizers, head of the Maimako family, the biological father to late Shitna’an, Prof Sebastian Maimako, Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, thanked all for standing by them during their moment of grief.
Prof Maimako broke a sad news to sympathizers at the Requiem Mass, he revealed that an uncle to his late Son who was deeply involved in the preparations of the funeral rite, slumped and died two days before the burial of Shitna’an.
Among dignitaries who attended the Requiem Mass were the Paramount ruler of the Gomai speaking, Martians Shedals the 3d, the LongGomai of Shendam with his cabinet, national and state assembly members, commissioners serving and retired, with two serving local government council chairmen among several top government functionaries.
Prof Sebastian Maimako is of the Gomai speaking people from Plateau state.
The remains of the deceased was laid to rest Friday afternoon at his father’s compound at about 1:45pm amidst tears from family, friends and his school mates of late Shitna’an.