Abuja, 28 June, 2021 / 3:23 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has called upon authorities in the West African nation to help heal the trauma resulting from poverty and the psychological stress the people are facing as a result of insecurity.
In his homily Sunday, June 27, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama said, “As Jesus identified with the sick, the suffering and downtrodden, leaders must make conscious efforts to alleviate people’s suffering.”
“Leaders must wake up to their responsibilities, to help heal the trauma of poverty, the psychological stress of insecurity and the fatigue of daily life,” Archbishop Kaigama said.
The Nigerian Archbishop who was presiding over Sunday Eucharistic celebration at Sacred Parish of Abuja Archdiocese further said, “Leaders can command the respect of people only when they don’t pursue their personal comfort or engage in an arrogant display of wealth and the paraphernalia of power.”
He bemoaned the fact that in parts of Nigeria today, “farmers cannot go to farm for fear of bandits and kidnappers, children are not safe in school and youths are frustrated to the point of desperation.”