Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, has described his late mother as a deeply religious woman.
Kukah, who said he was very optimistic that his mother has gone to rest with the Lord, added that, his mother spent alot of time making rosaries.
While divulging that the mother had always said she should not be kept for long after dropping this mortal body, Bishop Kukah hinted that she would be buried by next Friday.
“In our own case, the most important thing is that my mother did not suffer. We did not see it coming. But my sister told me that my mother was praying almost throughout the night.
“According to her, she made tea for my mother in the morning. And that after taking few sips, she complained she was feeling some pains. She then sat back and after some time sat on the floor. She breathed heavily once, twice and thrice and died. But because my sister said she has never seen anybody die like that before, so she did not know what it was until they carried her to the hospital.
“I am pleased that she did not suffer. Though, I am not happy that she died, if people qualify for heaven, I am sure my mother is one of them. I think the only thing we can do is to continue to pray for her soul.
“My late mother’s name was Agnes but everybody called her Hauwa, including myself”.
When Leadership Sunday paid condolence visit to the Bishop at his Sokoto residence, different religious groups and organisations, as well as individuals were seen g paying their condolences.
Speaking in an interview about the life and times of his mother, Bishop Kukah said, “For me as a Christian, death is one of the things we are proud of because it is a call to go and rest with the Lord from our earthly sojourn. “But, my mother, while alive, was a simple woman that was simply deeply religious.
“She was more or less, strictly effective wherever she found herself. She has done very well for the Catholic Church. She is a mother to many Priests.
“The greatest contribution she made is contribution to the Church in Zumuntan Mata.
“Probably, in her next life, she would be a comedian. She had a lot of friends.”
Giving examples of some of the characters he learnt from his mother, Bishop Kukah stated he had learned from her, how to live with people.
Talking about one of the very few indiduals that his mother cherished the most, Bishop Kukah said, “To my mother, General Yakubu Gowom was the greatest human being that ever lived. For her, Gen Gowon was an extraordinarily good human being”.