Veritas University Staff Directory

Barnabas Ishaku Sama'ila SHABAYANG
Head of Department

Name:                                                 Barnabas Ishaku Sama'íla Shabayang (Revd. Fr.)

Present Rank:                                      Senior Lecturer – HoD, Theology

Date of Last Promotion:                     October 1st   2017

Date of Birth/Place:                           February 16th 1964, Zonkwa

Tribe:                                                  Bajju  

Spoken Languages:                            English, Hausa, Jju, Atyap, Italian

Religion/Denomination:                    Christianity/Catholic

State of Origin:                                   Kaduna State/Zango Kataf LGA

States of Ministry:                              Kano and Jigawa States

Diocese of Incardination:                   Kano

Year of Ordination:                            November 14th 1992

Blood Group:                                      0+ (Universal Donor – 0 Positive)

Nationality:                                        Nigerian

Marital Status:                                    Clergy

Present Postal Address:                      No. 20 Magaji Ma’azu Crescent, Patrick Yakowa Street, Katempe New Extension, Abuja.

Permanent Address:                           Bishop's House, Box 11115, Nassarawa GRA, Kano.


SCHOOLS ATTENDED                                   TOWN/CITY                          YEAR

Veritas University, Bwari,                                                      Abuja              2016-2017

Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (ANGELICUM) Rome           2009-2012

Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA)     Port Harcourt                           1998-2001

St. Augustine’s Major Seminary                    Jos                                           1985-1992

Bassawa Teachers’ College                            Zaria                                       1979-1984

Primary School                                               Zonkwa                                   1972-1979




Certificate in Education                                  Advance Certificate in Education         2017

Doctorate in Sacred Theology                        SThD (ANGELICUM, ROME             2012

Licentiate in Sacred Theology                        S. T. L. (CIWA, Port Harcourt              2001

Masters in Theology                                       M. TH. (University of Calabar              2000

Bachelors in Sacred Theology                        B. S. T (Urbaniana – Rome                   1992

Diploma in Religious Studies                         Theology (University of Ibadan            1990

Teachers’ Grade II                                          Grade II Teachers’ Certificate              1984

Primary School                                               First School Leaving Certificate           1979


TITLE OF CERTIFICATE                         GRADE OBTAINED                       YEAR        

Advance Certificate in Veritas Education - Veritas University, Bwari, Abuja           2017

Competency Based Adult Learning Mechanisms - Lux Terra/Veritas, Abuja            2015

Doctorate in Sacred Theology                        Summa cum Laude (First Class)            2012

Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria      Certificate of Registration                  2006

Licentiate in Sacred Theology                        Magna cum Laude (2:1)                     2001

Masters in Theology                                       Magna cum Laude (2:1)                     2000

Bachelors in Sacred Theology                        Magna cum Laude (2:1)                     1992

Diploma in Religious Studies                         Pass                                                     1990

Teachers’ Grade                                             Pass                                             1984/1987

First Leaving Certificate                                Merit                                                    1979



            ACADEMIC & PASTORAL RESPONSIBILITIES                           YEAR

Chairman, Society of Scholars on Ecclesiastical Matters on African Soil          2022-Date

(Pan African Catholicism – CAC Registration Number 174634 – ABUJA)

Member, Board of Trustees: Baba Ahmed University, Kano                              2020-Date

Member, NUC: The Review of BMAS for Theology                                          2020-Date

Member, Veritas University Council Committee of Non-Academic AP&C       2020- Date

Head of Department of Theology, Veritas University, Bwari, Abuja                  2021-Date

Chairman, Admission Central Committee, Veritas University, Abuja                2016/2017

Coordinator of General Studies (GES), Veritas University, Abuja                     2014-2015

Dean of Students' Affairs - Veritas University, Bwari, Abuja                             2015-2017

Dean of Studies – Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna                              2006-2009

Dean of Students’ Affairs – Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kd. 2002-2006, 2012-2014

Dean of Tudun Wada Deanery – Catholic Diocese of Kano                                    1996-1998

Parish Priest, St. Louis Bompai, Catholic Diocese of Kano                                     2000-2002

Parish Priest, Holy Cross Badawa, - Catholic Diocese of Kano           2002(Feb.)-2002 (Sept.)

Parish Priest, Tudun Wada – Catholic Diocese of Kano                                           1994-1998

Director Religious Education (DRE) - Catholic Diocese of Kano                           2000-2002

Diocesan Chaplain of CWO/Zumunta Mata – Catholic Diocese of Kano               1993-1998

Diocesan Chaplain of Block Rosary Crusade – Catholic Diocese of Kano             1993-1998



Chairman, Society of Scholars on Ecclesiastical Matters in African Soil                   2022 Date

Member, Pan African Catholicism - Research of Scholars on Theological Issues      2022 - Date

Member, Board of Trustees: Baba Ahmed University, Kano                                      2020 - Date

Chairman:       Admission Central Committee of Veritas University, Bwari, Abuja - 2016/2017

Chairman:       Students' Affairs Unit of Veritas University, Bwari, Abuja                  2014- 2017

Coordinator of GES UNIT - Veritas University, Bwari, Abuja -                                  2014 - 2015

Member of the Senate Council of Veritas University, Abuja                   2014- 2017; 2019-Date

Member of KUKAH CENTRE, Abuja                                                                         2012- Date

Member of Veritas Management Council                                                                     2015-2017

Member: Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria [Rg no: KD/S/01675]                      2006

Member of National Diocesan Catholic Priests Association                                       1992- Date

Member of St. Augustine's Major Seminary Alumni Association, Jos                        1993- Date

Member of St. Thomas Aquinas (ANGELICUM) Alumni Association, Rome         2012- Date

Member of Catholic Theological Association of Nigeria      (CATHAN)                   1995- Date




                        (i)        Theses:

1.         Post Graduate Doctoral Degree in Sacred Theology (STD) – Thesis: 2012 – The Priest as Elder in the Kenotic Service of Reconciliation and Peace in the Teachings of John Paul II and the African Bishops with Application to the Church in Kano – Nigeria. Submitted to the Faculty of Theology, Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (ANGELICUM), Rome, Italy

2.         Post Graduate Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) – Thesis: 2001 – Development of           Theological Education in the Diocese of Kano Through the Rite of Christian Initiation of         Adults (RCIA) – Submitted to the Faculty of Theology, Department of Dogmatic        Theology, Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), Port Harcourt, Rivers State – Nigeria

3.         Post Graduate Master’s Degree in Sacred Theology (M.TH)Thesis: 2000 –          Doctrinal Education as empowerment: A Theological Enquiry among the Maguzawa      People of Kano State. Submitted to the Department of Biblical Theology, Dogmatic   Theology Unit, Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), Port Harcourt, Rivers State –         Nigeria, – Affiliated to the University of Calabar, Cross Rivers State – Nigeria.


                        ii. Project:

  1. Under Graduate Project: (BST) 1992Is Innocent Suffering an Unsolved Riddle? A Reflection on Job and related Texts – Submitted to St. Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos, State – Nigeria – Affiliated to the Pontifical Urban University, Rome.


(ii) Journals Articles written by Revd. Fr. Barnabas Ishaku Sama’ila SHABAYANG – SThD:


  1. Authority and Servant Leadership: Effective Tool for Service in the Church and Society in Africa, International Journal of Social and Human Research, March 2022 edition, ISSN [Online]: 2644-0695 // ISSN [Print]: 2644-0679


  1. The Relevance of Theological Education in Forming Religious Leaders of Conscience in Africa, in Nigerian Journal of Religion and Society (JORAS), Vol. 10, June, 2020 A Publication of Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, ed. Odafe C. George.


  1. A Critique and Evaluation of Dikkan Cultic Meal of The Bajju People as Eucharistic Communion, in Nigerian Journal of Religion and Society (JORAS), Vol. 9, June, 2019 A Publication of Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, ed. Emmanuel Maigari.


  1. Politics for the Survival of Ethnic Minorities in Northern Nigeria and Strategies to Enhance Development (185-204), in Veritas Journal of Religious Studies (VEJOREL), Maiden Edition, Vol. 1, No. 1, December, 2018, Eds. Anthony Amadi & Cyril Obanure, Abuja: Opt4hezibah Digital Press Limited.


  1. Jos Studies - 2018 Edition - "Youth Development in the Culture of Terrorism," - The Christian Discipleship in the 21st Century, Vol. 26, May 2018, ed. Timothy Barga, Owned and published by Academic Staff, St. Augustine's Major Seminary, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, Fab Anieh Nigeria Limited.


  1. First National Conference organized by the Department of Political Science & Diplomacy, College of Social Sciences, Veritas University, Bwari, Abuja,             Participant and Presented of Paper: Ethnic Minorities and Development, 5th - 7th March, 2018.


  1. African Journal of Contextual Theology - The Holy and the Future of Catholicism in Africa, Vol. 6, June, 2016, Published by the Spiritan International School of Theology, Attakwu-Enugu, Nigeria, The Holy Spirit and the Church in Africa, ed. Bona Ikenna Ugwu, CSSp, Enugu: Real Images, 195-211


  1. Jos Studies – 2014 Edition – The Explicit Role of the Catholic Priest in the Third Millennium towards Propagation of the Faith in the New Evangelization Church, Vol. 22, June, 2014, Owned and published by Academic Staff, St. Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos, Plateau State, ed., Timothy Barga, Jos: Fab Anieh Nigeria Limited


  1. Jos Studies – 2013 Edition – Enhancing the processes of communicating the Christian Creedal Faith in the Year of Faith in the Third Millennium, Vol., 21, June 2013, Owned and published by Academic Staff, St. Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos, Plateau State, ed., Timothy Barga, Jos: Fab Anieh Nigeria Limited


  1. Jos Studies – 2012 Edition – New Waves of terrorism in Nigeria not true expression of Islam, Vol., 20, June 2012, Owned and published by Academic Staff, St. Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos, Plateau State, ed., Timothy Barga, Jos: Fab Anieh Nigeria Limited


  1. Jos Studies – 2011 Edition – Challenges before Christians in Nigeria after 50 years of Political Independence: Prospects and Problems in Ensuring Effective Evangelization, Vol., 19, June 2010, Owned and published by Academic Staff, St. Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos. Plateau State, ed., Timothy Barga, Jos: Fab Anieh Nigeria Limited


  1. Good Shepherd Magazine – Maiden Edition 2005/2006, Tribute to Pope John Paul II: The Saint, Scholar and Crusader, ed., Maigari Emmanuel, Kaduna: Charles Gimba Press