Abuja, 16 May, 2022 / 5:17 pm (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has called upon the people of God in the West African country to keep struggling for unity and peace despite challenges that originate from biases based on religion, ethnicity, and “other artificial categorizations”.
In his Sunday homily at St. Louis Pastoral Area of the Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama made reference to the May 12 stoning and murder of Deborah Yakubu, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, and said that religious values should not be redefined with fanatics.
“Together, we must not give up on the struggle, to continue to bridge the gap that keeps us far apart because of religious bias, ethnic rivalry and other artificial categorizations,” Archbishop Kaigama said in his Sunday, May 15 homily.
The Nigerian Archbishop said that the murder of Deborah, who was accused of making blasphemous statements about the Prophet Muhammad, has attracted condemnation from many Christians and Muslims. He said it is a good gesture to speak in one voice.
Citing a Muslim who is said to have noted that “love is the first religion,” Archbishop Kaigama said, “We must continue to speak up in a common voice and act in solidarity with one another against the evils of our time.”