Amid Challenges, Nigeria in Need of “grace of renewal, fruitful governance”: Archbishop

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama during Holy Mass at St. Anthony’s Jabi Parish of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Amid multiple challenges that the people of God in Nigeria face, the West African nation stands in need of renewal through God’s grace and a kind of governance that yields fruit, an Archbishop in the country has said.

In his homily Sunday, May 2, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama highlighted “insecurity, excruciating poverty, spiraling unemployment and the arbitrary destruction of human lives” among the challenges Nigerians face. 

“We should ask God for the grace of renewal, fruitful governance and a godly management of our resources, devoid of individualism, nepotism, bigotry,” Archbishop Kaigama said during the Eucharistic celebration at St. Anthony’s Jabi Parish of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. 

Whereas Nigeria is considered “one of the most religious nations on earth,” the Archbishop observed, there are multiple incidences in the country that “reflect a wide discrepancy from the tenets of the religions we profess.” 

“Despite our religiosity, we continue to witness an acute rise in the numbers of terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and militants, not to talk of corrupt officials,” the Nigerian Archbishop said May 2.


He added, “We price evil over good, laud violence over peace and personal economic interests over collective nation building.”

“It is very painful and shameful that a country blessed with abundant resources, so endowed with intellectuals, professionals of eminent credentials, and a hardworking people should suffer the kind of crippling poverty and social deprivation that give birth to multidimensional violence,” the 62-year-old Nigerian Archbishop said.

In the face of the challenges in the country, Archbishop Kaigama said, citizens of Africa’s most populous nation should “feel duty bound to ask if those who represent our collective interests in the Presidency, Senate, House of Representative, etc., do make the dividends of democracy come to us or they are only experiencing the fruits of democracy in their pockets and with their families and friends instead of all Nigerians.” 

In his May 2 homily, the Archbishop encouraged active participation in the global Rosary marathon for an end to COVID-19 saying, “My dear parishioners of St. Anthony’s Parish, Jabi, let us be united in fervent prayers. May God bless and keep you spiritually and physically well.”

The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization announced the initiative on April 21, dedicating the month of May to praying the Rosary for an end to COVID-19.

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“For the deep desire of the Holy Father, the month of May will be dedicated to a prayer marathon with the theme ‘Prayer to God went up incessantly from the whole Church,’” the leadership of the Vatican Council stated.