Makurdi, 03 December, 2020 / 3:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Amid persistent interethnic violence between Nigeria’s Tiv and Jukun ethnic groups, the Archbishop of Abuja has encouraged members of both tribes to understand cultural diversities and to “appreciate what each has.”
“If we struggle hard enough, we can understand one another’s culture, appreciate what each has; be happy when they are happy, sad when they are sad, and be ready to humbly learn from them what they have that we don’t have,” Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama said Sunday, November 29.
In his homily during Holy Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, Tyozua, Makurdi of the Archdiocese of Abuja, the Archbishop said that making every effort to understand and accept cultural diversity “shall make our communities and indeed our country one of the best in the world.”
“It is the unhealthy competition, rivalry and the syndrome of ‘I before you’ or ‘I am better than you’ that keeps us in the reverse gear of social progress all the time,” Archbishop Kaigama added.
He went on to implore, “We beg God to give us during this Advent the grace to forgive, embrace and support one another, so that we can experience spiritual growth and intimacy with God as well as social, economic and political progress in our land, especially security of lives and property.”