The Bishop of the Diocese of Katsina, Anglican Communion, the Rt Rev’d Jonathan Bamaiyi has passed away in the early hours of today 10th March, 2023 after a very brief illness.
This was made known to ACNNTV in a short statement released by the General Secretary of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Venerable Dr. Paul Dajur.
Bishop Jonathan Bamaiyi was elected in 2007 as Bishop of Katsina and has been serving in the Diocese of Katsina sine then.
The Statement Reads;
The Church of Nigeria mourns the demise of the Bishop of Katsina Diocese, the Rt Rev’d Jonathan Bamaiyi who went to be with the LORD during the morning hours of today Friday
May God comfort the family, the Diocese of Katsina, Kaduna Province and the Church of Nigeria as a whole and grant him eternal rest. Shalom!
It will be recalled that on Sunday March 4, 2007, twenty new bishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) were consecrated in a glorious celebration attended by more than 7000 people. Among those present were the Primate of West Africa, the Most Revd Justice Akrofi, Archbishop of Ghana, and our ecumenical partner, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, the Most Revd John Onayekan.
At the end of the Consecration Service the House of Bishops met to elect six new Bishops, one for the vacant See of Katsina, and five for the dioceses created at the General Synod in Sokoto held in February. The elections were as follows:
1. Diocese of Katsina, the Ven. Jonathan Bamaiyi
2. Diocese of Nike, the Ven. Evans Ibeagha
3. Diocese of Ikwerre, the Ven. Blessing Eyinda
4. Diocese of Egba-West, the Ven. Samuel Ajani
5. Diocese of Isiala-Ngwa, the Venn. Owen Azubuike
6. Diocese of Aba-Ngwa North, the Ven. John Ezirim
Bishop Bamaiyi was hail and healthy and attended the just concluded Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion Standing Committee Meeting held in Kubwa Diocese 3 weeks ago.
May his soul continue to rest in peace.
Meanwhile tributes have been pouring in for the late Bishop Bamaiyi;
The sovereignty of God is non-negotiable.It’s a big shock! The ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ in Katsina is a hectic business daily! My condolences to the Primate, Bishop Baimaiyi’s family and the entire Anglican Mission. Bishop Jonathan rest in the bosom of the LORD , LORD of Life and Death! +ND OKoh…..
Ooooooo my goodness, what a loss! So sorry but may God grant his soul eternal rest and by the mercy of God comfort and strengthen the family and church in Jesus name. +Jonathan has indeed joined the saints and church triumphant. Bishop Fagbamiye Rtd….
This is a big shock! May God comfort his wife & the entire family & grant his soul perfect peace🙏. Mrs Amal Pepple (Nigeria’s former Head of Service).
Hmm really so sad. I still saw him 3days ago, he was teasing me that I have forgotten him in Katsina. May God grant his soul eternal rest and comfort for the family. RIP BABA KATSINA. Venerable Segun Akinola (Priest Abuja Diocese).
Sad indeed, a demonstration of the truth that “in the midst of life, we are in death”. The issues of life and death are really in the Hands of God. May the Lord strengthen his family and His Church 🙏. Venerable Princewill Ireoba (Director of Ecumemism, Church of Nigeria).
My brother it’s very hard to comment on your transition to glory announcement picture. My heart is broken and difficult to hold back tears. Please Lord uphold his family, Diocese, and CON. Amen. Bishop Daniel Olinya (Eha Amufu Diocese).
Death is truly on its own clock….known only by God. We submit, though with deep in our hearts, to your sovereignty Lord…our deepest prayers is that you comfort the Church of God and the family of our dear Baba Kastina. O Lord, please hear our prayers we do not want our Fathers in God to died suddenly again….grant all of them long life and mercy to retire in good health in Jesus name. Venerable Yemi Fatunsi (PA to the Primate, CoN).
He had paid his dues by serving God faithfully to the end. He flew away gallantly to join the angels in praising and worshipping God. May his soul rest in peace. Sir Folu Olamiti (ACNNTV Board Chairman).
Our sincere condolences to the Diocese of Katsina and especially the family of our beloved brother and friend, Bishop Jonathan Bamaiyi who has passed into eternal glory. May his soul continue to rest in peace through Christ our Lord. Amen. – Bishop Felix Orji, OSB.