Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria Decries Bad Governance, Urges International Community to “confront insensitive leaders”

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

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has decried bad governance in the West African nation, characterized with vices such as self-gratification, indifference to citizens’ needs, and extravagance, among other social ills. 

In his Sunday, April 7 homily at the Church of Annunciation, Arab Road, Kubwa of his Metropolitan See, Archbishop Kaigama challenged the international community to shift attention from supporting war, homosexuality, and abortion to confronting Nigeria’s “insensitive leaders”.

“Powerful nations seem to provide more support for the war, easier services for abortion, zealously promoting the rights of same-sex couples, but weakly responding to the issues of poverty, hunger, and disease and a host of anomalies,” he lamented.

The Nigerian Catholic Archbishop said he considered it a better intervention for the “powerful nations” to weigh in on the challenge of bad governance in Africa.

He said, “I imagine that the international community can put pressure on insensitive leaders who corruptly enrich themselves and provide no social security for their people, leave youths largely unemployed, and spend so much on governance.”


“When can the rights of the poor, victims terrorized by religious bigots and terrorists, kidnappers, be put on the front burner of the hierarchy of priorities of the international community?” he posed.

“How I wish the international community would confront our leaders who govern badly and pressurize them to fight poverty, diseases, and immorality,” the Local Ordinary of Abuja Archdiocese since November 2019 said in his homily on the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.

Turning his attention to his country’s leadership, he said, “Political leaders in Nigeria should ensure that nobody should go to bed hungry, feel unsafe in his/her environment, or become so poor as to be unable to access the necessities of life: water, light, education, healthcare, food, shelter.”

In his homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, Archbishop Kaigama called upon Christians in the West African nation to be instruments of God’s mercy and peace, “the peace that the world cannot give, not even the United Nations, African Union, the European Union, or the powerful nations.”

“May the bandits, terrorists, kidnappers, criminals, militant herdsmen, etc. experience this peace and stop tormenting their fellow human beings,” the Catholic Church leader, who started his Episcopal Ministry in April 1995 as Bishop of Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese said.

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He urged the 275 candidates he was about to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation to follow Jesus Christ as bearers of good news amid challenges in their country.

“Nigeria needs positive news, positive thinking, and actions. Show the world that you are Christians, by behaving like Christ,” Archbishop Kaigama said. 

He emphasized, “Be Christophers i.e. bearers of Christ, ambassadors of Christ; Christ’s witnesses, because the world today, prefers witnesses to teachers or preachers.”

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.