Speaking on the ongoing 16 days of activism campaign that began November 25 under the theme, “End Violence Against Women Now”, Archbishop Kaigama said that the current world is dominated with “terrible vices” which he said are not taken seriously.
“Most violence today which take different forms such as domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, rape, child marriage and many others are real, but sadly, are overlooked or inadequately reported and addressed,” he said.
Recalling the Chibok girls kidnapping and other instances of kidnapping of women in Africa’s most populous country, the Archbishop said that his Metropolitan See is in solidarity with the world in the fight against injustice and gender based violence that targets women and young girls.
Among those present during the Holy Mass during which the Archbishop called for women inclusion in the matters of national development was the Federal Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen.
The Archbishop called upon the people of God in the West African country to engage in “real preparation” in advent, which he said has to do with “our spiritual disposition.”
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“It is the kind of preparation that is comprehensive and uncompromising, moving us to examine our conscience and seek inner cleansing through the sacrament of reconciliation,” he said, and added, “Thus, we level the hills of pride and other sinful habits that pose a threat to our spiritual journey towards God.”
He further called upon Nigerians to embrace the life of simplicity and conversion, which he said entails complete turnaround from “evil ways to a new and better life.”
“John the Baptist summons us today to make conscious efforts to level the mountain of pride and other terrible vices; to make straight the rough roads of selfishness and depravity and to fill in the valley of spiritual laxity and indifference,” Archbishop Kaigama said December 5.
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.