“Let Justice be done”: Nigerian Archbishop on Court’s Ruling on Presidential Election

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama during Holy Mass at St. Augustine’s Parish, Lugbe of the Archdiocese of Abuja. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has lauded aggrieved politicians in the country’s February 25 elections for shunning violence and seeking the intervention of the court instead.

In his Sunday, March 5 homily at St. Augustine’s Parish, Lugbe of the Archdiocese of Abuja, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama expressed hope that the country’s legal system will act in fairness concerning the election outcome that has already been disputed.

“Those not satisfied with the results are heading to the courts. Let the courts do their work with the greatest sense of justice. God above is watching how the courts (the hope of the common man/woman) will perform,” Archbishop Kaigama said.

He added, “The Supreme Judge of the Ultimate Tribunal is waiting for those who dispense justice with a sense of fairness or do so with great personal bias or get compromised because of some material reasons. Let justice be done.”

Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on March 1, declared the ruling party candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, winner of the presidential election.


INEC leadership announced that Mr. Tinubu garnered 8.8 million votes against 6.9 million garnered by Mr. Abubakar and Mr. Obi’s 6.1 million votes.

Nigeria’s main opposition parties, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP) disputed the results, accusing the INEC of not uploading the presidential results from the polling stations.

In his March 5 homily, Archbishop Kaigama lauded the people of God in the West African country for choosing peace over chaos, and the presidential contenders for calling all to order after the INEC pronouncements.

“Thanks to the maturity of the top contenders who called all to order and obedience to the laws of the land, we have yet survived together again as against those predicting doom,” the Archbishop of Abuja said.

He acknowledged the people’s disappointment in how the election results turned out, noting that the electoral process “did not achieve the degree of transparency expected”.

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“We encouraged people to get registered, to obtain their voting cards, to go out and vote. They enthusiastically trooped out to vote but to their greatest chagrin, the process did not achieve the degree of transparency expected,” Archbishop Kaigama said.

“Despite all, remain calm and peaceful,” the Nigerian Catholic Archbishop said, and added, “Let peace reign. May God protect Nigeria and all Nigerians.”

He has further expressed concern over “very hostile, inflammatory, and provocative statements going around,” saying, “Do not be lured into losing your cool.”

He encouraged the electorate in Africa’s most populous nation to take part in the March 11 gubernatorial elections. 

He said, “Please, participate fully in the remaining elections on Saturday (March 11). God is still the God of all Nigerians.”


Meanwhile, Archbishop Kaigama has appealed to those who are to take over positions of leadership in Nigeria to only seek to add building blocks of cohesion and development rather than destroying past good legacies or discontinuing them.

The Nigerian political leaders, he said, ought to seek “to serve, and not to be served; to build and not to destroy; to bind and not to divide.”

“For political leaders, there is no need to fight dirty, rig, or manipulate elections if the desire is to genuinely serve the common good,” Archbishop Kaigama says.

Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.