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Nigeria’s longest serving teacher and missionary is dead


Nigeria’s longest serving teacher and missionary Rev Fr. Angus Fraser, is dead as confirmed by the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi.

Rev Fr. Angus Fraser who is Nigeria’s longest serving teacher and missionary, was born on April 8, 1931 and hails from a Caribbean Island country called Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Fr Jude Ortese, chancellor of the diocese who released a statement over the death of the missionary, said the Catholic church “was saddened to announce the death of Very Revd Fr Angus Fraser, the founding Principal of Mt St Gabriel’s Secondary School(MSG) Makurdi and founder of Via Christi Society”.

According to him, Rev Fr. Angus Fraser was the founding principal of Mount Saint Gabriel’s college, Makurdi in 1971 and also founded the Via Christi society. Fraser died on the night of October 7, after a brief illness at Princess Royal Hospital, Farnborough, near Orpington, United Kingdom, where he was receiving treatment.

While the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi awaits the burial arrangement of the missionary, it should be noted that the late priest was appointed principal of MSG on July 9, 1971, while the school was founded in January 1964. NAN reported that  he was given a National Award of Member, Federal Republic of Nigeria, MFR, under the then President Obasanjo’s regime in 2003 and was honoured with the “Lifetime Achievement Awards” by the Former US President, Mr Bill Clinton, as the “Best Teacher in Nigeria.

Before his death, he also taught highly placed Nigerians including; one time Senate President, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, late Sen. Emmanuel Okpede, former Rep. Terngu Tsegba, Herman Hembe and ex-Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Michael Aondoakaa (SAN). Others are two incumbent priests, their Lordships Most Rev. Dr. William Avenya and Most Rev. Dr. Peter Adoboh, bishops of Makurdi and Katsina-ala dioceses respectively.

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