Vote for Leaders Keen to “heal, unite, prosper” Suffering Nigerians: Catholic Archbishop

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Eligible voters in Nigeria’s 2023 elections need to consider voting for political leaders keen to bring about healing, unity, and prosperity among Nigerians “suffering poverty and insecurity”, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.

In his homily during the Abuja Provincial Eucharistic Congress held at Sesugh Maria Pilgrimage Centre on Sunday, September 4, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama underlined the role of the Eucharist in achieving healing and unity.

“As politicians jostle for our attention to elect them for 2023, those of us who are eligible voters must vote and only vote those politicians who are well intended and want power in order to heal, unite, and prosper not just a few Nigerians but the vast majority of Nigerians who are suffering poverty and insecurity,” said Archbishop Kaigama.

For too long and for selfish reasons, the Local Ordinary of Abuja Archdiocese added, “some politicians have manipulated their way into power by exploiting Nigerians’ tribal and religious differences.”

The Nigerian Archbishop went on to caution young people in the West African nation against the luring of politicians, saying, “Youths of this generation must not allow this to happen again by succumbing to material inducements by such unscrupulous politicians. Say, Never again!”


The Nigerian Archbishop made reference to Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on fraternity and social friendship, Frattelli Tutti, urging those in leadership to go beyond ethnic affiliations.

“We should not be unfair to one another; or pursue only narrow tribal/ clannish or religious interests especially by those in leadership positions, as this will be contrary to the spirit of Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti,” the 64-year-old Archbishop said during the September 4 event.

Challenges that Africa’s most populous nation is facing including insecurity and unemployment can be countered by “fasting and constant Eucharistic celebration and adoration”, the Catholic Archbishop who has been at the Abuja Archdiocese since November 2019 following his transfer from Nigeria’s Jos Archdiocese said.

“It is our firm conviction that the serious insecurity, poverty, youth unemployment, corruption, bad governance, political injustice, and other social evils can be healed by prayer, fasting and constant Eucharistic celebration and adoration,” he said.

The Nigerian Archbishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in Jalingo Diocese in April 1995 added, “The Eucharist shared as a meal of love is expected to produce the fruits of love, healing, peace, unity, ingredients which Nigeria needs so badly.”

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He urged the people of God in Nigeria to give way to the will of God as they pray for a solution to the challenges facing the country. He cautioned against expectations that entail “mathematical or laboratory results from our prayers.”

Archbishop Kaigama said that the reception of the Holy Eucharist in the right manner fosters the spirit of communion, which should be extended to the poor and the vulnerable in the society.

“We must become instruments of communion and share with and care for the poor, needy and disadvantaged in the society, to bring about a more sane society and the desired social and political order,” he said in his September 4 homily.

The Nigerian Archbishop likened the suffering of Nigerians to that of Israelites in the desert and called for intensity in prayer rather than lamentations against God.

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.