Early Christians’ Equitable Distribution of Sales Proceeds “a model”: Nigerian Archbishop

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

The equitable distribution of proceeds from sales of personal possessions by members of the early Christian communities “should be a model” for the people of God in Nigeria in various spheres, from political, to social, and to “national life”, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.

In his Sunday, April 16 homily at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral of Abuja Archdiocese, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama said Africa’s most populous nation will continue experiencing effects of “social retardation” if the country’s resources are not equitably distributed.

“How the early Christian community equitably distributed the proceeds of their sales should be a model for our social, political, and national life,” Archbishop Kaigama said during the Second Sunday of Easter, the Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Archbishop of Abuja said early Christians demonstrated “not only a strong sense of communal living but also mercy in action.”

“The early Church was a community in which no one was left in abject poverty or misery because they held all things in common,” the Nigerian Catholic Archbishop said.


He went on to note that Nigeria’s “enormous material resources” do not seem sufficient for all citizens owing to selfishness and graft, among other vices.

Nigeria is blessed with enormous material resources, but the deep-seated corruption associated with public service has seen the gross mismanagement and embezzlement of our common patrimony,” Archbishop Kaigama said.

The 64-year-old Catholic Church leader who started his Episcopal Ministry in April 1995 as the Bishop of Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese further said that he found it regrettable that the qualities that guided the early Christian community are no doubt in short supply in our contemporary world.” 

“Until our national wealth is distributed equitably and the needs of the populace at the lowest levels are met, we will continue to experience the devastating effects of social retardation,” he warned. 

The Catholic Archbishop also said that it is unfortunate that the people of God in Nigeria “are experiencing discrimination in the civil and political space on account of their ethnic, religious, or political affiliations.”

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Reflecting on the second reading drawn from the letter of St. Peter, Archbishop Kaigama said, “St. Peter provides words of encouragement and comfort to strengthen our faith.”

“We are assured of the presence of the merciful Lord to enable us to fight every fear with faith and counter our uncertainties with trust and hope, hope that someday, somehow, things will be better,” Archbishop Kaigama said in his Divine Mercy Sunday homily.

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.