Involve Women in “policy-making strategies” about Insecurity: Archbishop in Nigeria

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama with a group of Christians at Divine Mercy Pastoral area of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Women need to be involved in the “policy making strategies” about insecurity and other vices that Nigeria is grappling with, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African country has said.

In his Sunday, April 24 homily at Divine Mercy Pastoral area of Abuja Archdiocese, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama said that mothers, being pillars of the home, can influence their husbands and children into building a culture of peace, honest dialogue, and harmony.

“It is impossible for government to fully address and combat social menaces such as insecurity, kidnapping, terrorism, banditry without involving women in its policy-making strategies and implementation,” Archbishop Kaigama said in his April 24 homily on the occasion of the celebration of Mother’s Day in the Nigerian church. 

The Nigerian Archbishop added, “As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we ask God to bless all mothers and make them channels of God’s grace to transform our society wounded and corrupted in many ways.”

Archbishop Kaigama said that the level of violence that the people of God are experiencing in the country emanates from lack of compassion on the part of those who cause the violence.


“The degree of violence visited on Nigerians recently in many parts of the country shows clearly the lack of compassion and forgiveness by the perpetrators of such violence,” the Catholic Archbishop said.

He explained, “Nigerians are yelling, grumbling and complaining about the deteriorating situation of poverty and insecurity; they are very eager that university students should return to school, people should feel safe in their homes, markets, schools, public gatherings, in the airports, trains and highways.”

The Local Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Abuja urged preachers in the country to remind their followers about conscience examination besides condemning mismanagement of resources by the government officials.

“While we agree that the hardships we are encountering are a result of the incompetence, insensitivity, and mismanagement by political leaders, we must not fail to be self-critical; to flash the torch on our hearts to see the sins that the Bible says come from inside our hearts and defile and pollute us and our nation,” he said.

In the current world, the 63-year-old Archbishop went on to say, the sense of sin is being eroded slowly as sin itself is being rationalized. He said that many people of God seem to have completely lost their conscience.

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Highlighting some of the misdeeds in the Nigerian society, Archbishop Kaigama said, “How do you explain that a student is failed because he/she does not offer a bribe; persons from the same tribe or clan kill each other; an official hides the file for your rights and privileges until you ‘settle’ him!”

He spoke about those who frustrate pension claims in the country and those who, despite their religious values, prefer contract sums and said that such actions lead to shabby jobs thereby contributing to the collapse of structures and unnecessary deaths.

The Nigerian Archbishop posed, “What about the taking of unborn lives in abortion; people cutting down food crops, killing animals, burning houses because of religious or ethnic hatred? What of immorality like adultery and fornication?”

Archbishop Kaigama condemned taking bribes at road blocks, in the airports and also unethical behaviors that usually happen during recruitment into security agencies. He said that such offenses constitute sin against one’s neighbor.

He said that all the offenses against humanity as mentioned including buying of votes during elections, extorting money from students to render them services, and denying rights to minority groups defile the country just like in the days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Nineveh.


“We must individually as Christians, Muslims and Traditional worshippers reject evil and repent to receive the mercy of God, even as we tackle government corruption, insecurity and negligence in providing for the people,” the Archbishop who has been at the helm of Abuja Archdiocese since November 2019 said.

In his message on the Sunday of Divine Mercy, April 24, Archbishop Kaigama said the people of God must be ready to forgive for them to benefit from God’s mercy.

Making reference to the Gospel of Matthew about forgiveness, he said, “We must avoid the attitude of the unforgiving servant whose massive debt was forgiven by the king but would not forgive a smaller debt owed to him by a fellow servant.”

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.