Jos, 24 March, 2023 / 9:05 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria has expressed optimism that victims of extremist attacks who fled from Northern Nigeria and are now living in communities served by his Metropolitan See will “someday” enjoy peace and tranquility back in their homeland.
On Sunday, March 19, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama visited St. Paul’s Pastoral Area in Sauka Wasa, Abuja, where he lauded residents for welcoming many people he said had been displaced from Northern Nigeria owing to various kinds of attacks.
“Your pastoral area plays host to many of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from different parts of northern Nigeria due to the insurgency, terrorism, banditry, and farmer-herder clashes that have forced millions of people out of their homelands in search of safety,” Archbishop Kaigama said in his Sunday homily when he visited Sauka Wasa.
“Some of you have been here as displaced people for up to 10 years because the atmosphere back in your ancestral homes is not safe,” he further said, and added, “Despite the promises of the government to improve your welfare, there is a lot more to be desired.”
The Nigerian Catholic Archbishop continued, “I have come today to pray with you and to encourage you not to give up hope. God will take care of you and will return you someday to enjoy once more the peace and security of your homes, just as He returned those exiled to Babylon back to Jerusalem.”