Explore New, Better Ways of Dealing with Insecurity: Nigerian Archbishop to Government

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria's Lagos Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

There is need for the government of Nigeria to explore new and better ways of addressing insecurity challenges and other issues that the West African country is battling with, the Archbishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Lagos has said.

In his New Year Message posted on the Archdiocese’s Facebook page, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins admits that there are numerous challenges that characterized the year 2021 “for the country as a whole and for the majority of Nigerians.”

“It is such a serious problem that the government needs to explore new and better ways of dealing with this issue in such a way that Nigerians would be assured of better security in the new year,” Archbishop Adewale says.

The Nigerian Archbishop adds, “There are very many issues plaguing the nation and agitating the minds of citizens. These call for the urgent attention of our rulers, especially the Legislature and the Executive. The most pressing on people at this time is in the area of insecurity which claimed thousands of lives in the outgoing year.”

Addressing the economy of Africa’s most populous nation, which Archbishop Adewale says is on its deathbed amid high levels of inflation, the Archbishop calls for reexamination of economic policies and what he calls injection of “fresh ideas.”


“Another area of concern that touches people every single day is the economy. The inflation level is too high even as the value of our currencies are nose-diving daily. We can all feel the consequences of high inflation rate and the value of our currency that has nose-dived,” he says in his New Year Message. 

The Nigerian Archbishop adds, “As we begin the year 2022, the federal government must take further steps to reappraise its economic policies and inject fresh ideas to cushion the effects of the harsh economy on the masses and mitigate the suffering that would arise from the projected economic challenges of the new year.”

On COVID-19 and the latest omicron variant, the Local Ordinary of Lagos commends the Nigerian government for the “efforts so far in curtailing its spread,” and calls upon the people of God in the country to get vaccinated.

“Unfortunately, we still have to battle the pandemic this new year. Let us start each day with prayerful optimism and go about our daily activities with utmost caution and in strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols,” Archbishop Adewale says.

He continues, “As we pray for divine intervention, we must also be prepared to work hard and do the needful since heaven helps those who help themselves.”

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In the New Year Message, the Catholic Archbishop maintains that the Nigerian government also needs to address health care.

He particularly advocates for improved funding in the area of research and development in the country’s health sector “in order to buoy local production of drugs and vaccines to reduce over-reliance on foreign aid.”

Archbishop Adewale further encourages the Federal government of Nigeria to consider safeguarding the lives and properties of Nigerians in the New Year even if it will involve introducing new personnel in the security system.

He recalls those who lost their lives in 2021, saying, “We thank the good Lord for making it possible for us to see the New Year. As we celebrate, let us remember our brothers and sisters who passed on during the year, thereby ending their earthly journey. We pray that their souls find lasting peace with God.”

“For those of us who are still alive, let us remember the admonition of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace to us: not to fret or fear over tomorrow, but to live with the courage and belief that each day is in the hands of God, and He has the blueprint by which He will make our lives better in the coming year,” he adds.


He further says, “On our part, we must do that which is right and good towards our neighbors, living in peace and harmony with everyone. We must not allow the predictions of doom and other challenges that we face to lead us to question the presence of God even in our circumstances. He is able to turn around all things for good.”

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.