Abuja, 14 February, 2023 / 9:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Persons at the helm of national resources in Nigeria are not helping the ministry of the Catholic Church among the people of God in the West African nation, the Archbishop of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said.
In his homily at the opening Mass of the first 2023 Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama said the Catholic Church’s initiatives in offering education, health, and humanitarian services is not subsidized by the Nigerian government “as is done elsewhere”.
“Our work as Priests today is made more difficult by the administrators of Nigeria’s resources as many helpless people finding it hard to reach those in political authority believe that the Church can provide the material help they need,” Archbishop Kaigama said during the February 12 event.
He said that he found it regrettable that “many don’t know that even though the Church has been a voice of the voiceless, offering educational, medical, and other social services for decades, she receives no grants from the Federal Government as is done elsewhere.”
In the words of St. John Chrysostom, the Nigerian Catholic Archbishop said that to ignore the helpless is a grievous social sin that the Church cannot take for granted.