The Nigerian Archbishop who was at the school to “confirm 52 students, to give first communion to 13 students, in addition to the 4 students baptized and to receive one student into the Catholic Church” emphasized the need for the students to devote their time to studies, saying, “We need more genuine disciples in the Church and good citizens in the civil society.”
He went on to challenge the staff of the girls’ school that is located in Gwagwalada in Abuja to help in shaping the “young girls” as future leaders of the West African Nation “through their exemplary conduct and dedication to duty.”
Speaking on the issue of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike in the West African country, Archbishop Kaigama urged the students to tap into the “academic programs” and “morals” at their Catholic school where learning goes on uninterrupted.
He said, “Dear students, you are lucky that in a Catholic school like yours, regular teaching is guaranteed, morals are built into the academic programs, and there are no needless interruptions as the type occasioned by ASUU strike, which has left students for so long stranded at home, simply because government has failed to meet the legitimate demands of teachers.”
Making reference to the Sunday Gospel reading, Archbishop Kaigama cautioned the students against “focusing on material prosperity and miracles” at the expense of embracing the cross that is “part of their Christian calling”.
The message in the Gospel according to Luke, he said, “is directed at those who are finding it hard to accept the cross as part of their Christian calling and witnessing but only focusing on material prosperity and miracles.”
The Nigerian Archbishop listed “procrastination” and “divided loyalty” as some of the hindrances that stand in the way of students in their studies.
Making reference to procrastination, he said that students “think there is a lot of time, so they keep postponing the good things they should do. They have excuses for their failures or mistakes.”
“Procrastinating students are those who do not prepare long before exams but prefer to go for night vigils, believing that prayers alone will make them pass exams or by exam malpractices,” the 63-year-old Archbishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese in April 1995 said.
He went on to caution students against divided loyalty, saying, “Today provides the opportunity for us to ask for the grace to be true disciples of Jesus – disciples who are faithful and committed, able to say an unconditional ‘yes’ to Jesus.”