Abuja, 15 March, 2022 / 8:50 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria has called for the support of young people in the country who he says are struggling with unemployment and other forms of “social disorder”.
In his homily at the pro-Cathedral of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama reflected on the Transfiguration of Jesus and said that young people in the West African nation need to be cushioned against the dangers they face just like Peter proposed to build tents for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.
“Like Peter in the Gospel reading, let us not only build a tent for God in our hearts but also a tent for the suffering, especially the youth; to avoid their being tossed by the wind of politics, violence and social disorder. Let us all support them to be shining stars even in the midst of severe hardships,” Archbishop Kaigama said in his Sunday, March 13 homily.
The Nigerian Archbishop said that the cruel realities thrown at the youth in the country have made them lose hope and resort to seeking greener pastures abroad.
“There was a joke that some youths even went to the Ukrainian Embassy here in Nigeria to enroll to go to war against Russia as a way of keeping gainfully employed! Even with its attendant dangers, many youths are still prepared to trek the Sahara Desert and cross the Mediterranean Sea! Do you blame them?” he posed.