He explained, “Nigerians want selfless and empathetic leaders, not those paranoid, defensive and antagonistic towards critics.”
Archbishop Kaigama said that the people of God in Nigeria need a leader who will address their issues, which he said affect their daily lives. He said that Nigerians do not need leaders that will operate “in their comfort zones”.
“Nigerians detest leaders operating in their comfort zones and who do not feel the discomfort and pain of the lack of electricity, potable water, fuel or the social dislocation caused by the frequent disruption of schools and medical services due to strikes by workers pressing for their legitimate rights,” he said.
The Nigerian Archbishop who has been at the helm of the Archdiocese since November 2019 reflected on Easter Sunday gospel on the empty tomb and initial testimonies of the risen Lord and encouraged Christians to forge forward irrespective of the challenges they face.
“Christ’s resurrection is victory of life over death, of hope over despair, and of love over hatred; victory of good over evil, unity over rivalry, generosity over selfishness, peace over violence, co-existence over strife, justice over iniquity, and truth over falsehood,” Archbishop Kaigama said.
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He explained, “Christians should boldly witness and proclaim the risen Lord in a world darkened by sin, gripped by fear, violence, wars and corruption.”
He cautioned Nigerians on the possible misuse of digital media forums, saying, “Our social media platforms are sometimes filled with sad, fake and bad news; just as our world is invaded by the virus of immorality and acts causing hopelessness and needless pains.”
Archbishop Kaigama underlined the need for “Muslims and Christians whose Ramadan and Easter coincide this year” to unite towards fighting social vices such as corruption and injustices.
“Amidst the religious and political voices of hatred and violence, Muslims and Christians whose Ramadan and Easter coincide this year again, should go beyond mutual courteous felicitations to be instruments of fostering social harmony and peaceful co-existence, speaking and acting against corruption, injustice and greed; doing everything to overcome ethno-religious and socio-political hostilities,” the 63-year-old Nigerian Archbishop during his Easter Sunday homily.
Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.