Abuja, 27 September, 2021 / 8:56 pm (ACI Africa).
Government officials in Nigeria have been cautioned against diverting externally borrowed funds and public resources to sustain their lavish lifestyles and instead use the money to develop the nation.
In a pastoral message presented at the end of the 2nd General Assembly of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama bemoans the state of the West African country, which he says, is riddled with corruption and suffering among the poor.
“As we demand the dividends of democracy, we call on the government to put into judicious and effective use, the huge amounts being borrowed externally to run the affairs of government and finance projects across the nation,” Archbishop Kaigama says in the pastoral message shared Saturday, September 25.
He added, “Many of our young people roam the streets with dim hopes for a brighter future. We cannot in Nigeria therefore remain blind to the issues of corrupt governance, unemployment, insecurity, the discontent among the young people and the increasing inability of many to meet the basic necessities of life.”
“Our political leaders should not feverishly dissipate energy in perfecting their costly political strategies while abandoning their social responsibilities to the people,” The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese further says.