Abuja, 29 March, 2022 / 8:45 pm (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese in Nigeria has told Catholic Priests and other religious leaders to keep off prejudices and narratives that may cause divisions among the people of God in what would turn them “into ethnic champions.”
Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama who was speaking at the meeting of representatives of Catholics from different ethnic communities in Taraba State, Jalingo Diocese, regretted the fact that the people of God in the region have experienced ethnic and politically instigated violence over the years.
“Priests or religious leaders should avoid getting emotionally and sentimentally involved, taking sides, whipping up sentiments, playing the role of victims, and becoming heavily prejudiced,” Archbishop Kaigama said during the Saturday, March 26 event.
The Nigerian Archbishop added that religious leaders “must be conscious that we are not influenced to turn into ethnic champions!”
“We should realize that the heavy prejudices and struggle for superiority keep us going in parallel lines and this is what results in the vicious circle of violence,” Archbishop Kaigama said.