St. John’s Popandi Bids Farewell to a Devoted Catholic, Philanthropist By Justine Dyikuk

The Parish Priest of John’s Popandi, Rev. Fr. Iliya Benu has described late Mrs. Christiana Ngu Galadima as a staunch Catholic and philanthropist whose good works would make her see the face of God.
The cleric who made the disclosure at a Requiem Mass for the deceased at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Kaltungo said, because of her good deeds, God would be wicked if he didn’t allow her see his face.
Speaking further, he cited St. Alphonsus Liguori as saying, people are afraid to die because of three things namely, sin, uncertainty of where they would go to and material possessions.
Fr. Benu who called on Christians to live a righteous life used the occasion to condole with the only child and husband of the deceased assured them of God’s consolation.
In their separate remarks, representatives of the Church, Rotary Club, Road Safety Marshal and the Nightingale Association of Retired Nurses eulogized the late Mrs. Galadima as a humanitarian who loved the poor and lived her life for the service of God and humanity.
The late Mrs. Galadima was born on Decemebr 23, 1960 into the family of late Mr. Brown Esumai and Evelyn Esumai in Kano.
She attended St. Gregory’s Primary School in Kaduna State from 1970 to 1976 from where she proceeded to Government Girl’s Secondary School in Malumfashi from October 1975 to June 1980.
While there, where she held the post of House Prefect and was a member of the drama, debate, science and geography club.
In her desire to serve humanity, she enrolled into the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Bauchi State from 1982 to March 20, 1986.
She worked as a Nurse from 1985 to 1996 at General Hospital, Bayara in Bauchi State before she was transferred to Gombe State following its creation in 1996.
While in Gombe State, she worked at the General Hospital Kaltungo till her retirement from the Civil Service as Chief Nursing Officer on October 30, 2016.
She married Mr. Lweis Ngu Galadima in November 1987 and God blessed them with a son, Dr, Gerald Ngu Galadima.
For her invaluable services among her people, on November 13, 2016, she was awarded the chieftaincy title of Eziegbo by the Igbo community in Kaltungo.
The late Christiana was philanthropist who took pleasure in helping the less privilege in the society.
She was recognised for her profound humility and selflessness in going out of her way to lend a helping hand to those in need.
She was a member of the Rotary Club, Road Safety Marshal and the Nightingale Association of Retired Nurses.
As a devout Catholic, she served the Church in various capacities: She was the treasurer of both Saint Vincent De Paul of St. John’s Parish Popandi and the Catholic Women Organisation/Zumuntan Mata of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Kaltungo.
Also, she was matron to the National Association of Catholic Corpers (NACC), Block Rosary Crusade, Catholic Cadet Organisation, Mass Servers’ Association and Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON) of St. John’s Parish Popandi respectively.
She passed away on March 6, 2019 about 5:30am at the Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe following a protracted illness.
She has since being buried at the Galadima Family burial ground in Kulushin, Shongom L.G.A, Gombe, Gombe State.

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