Jos, 28 August, 2023 / 8:56 pm (ACI Africa).
Recently appointed officials in Nigerian States need “to stick” to the principles that were outlined in the manifestos of political parties in the West African nation, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Federal Government of Nigeria and Governors of various Nigerian States have recently appointed and inaugurated officials, including Commissioners, and Special Advisers.
In his Sunday, August 27 homily at St. Rose of Lima Pastoral Area, Katampe, of his Metropolitan See, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama said, “The new State Commissioners, Federal Ministers, political Advisers, etc. should stick to the principles of fairness, equity, and justice, in line with the electoral mandates and manifestos of their political parties.”
Making reference to the First Reading of the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Archbishop Kaigama said that the rejection of the “proud and wicked” Prime Minister, Shebna, and the exaltation of the humble and faithful Eliakim, presents a lesson that the leaders of Africa’s most populous nation need to learn.
“Our leaders both in government and in other spheres of society must learn from the rejection of Shebna,” the Nigerian Archbishop said, and added, “Leaders entrusted with positions of authority must place the people first.”