Abuja, 13 June, 2022 / 9:32 pm (ACI Africa).
Despite “persistent attacks on the Catholic Church”, the people of God in Nigeria need to continue gathering for public worship and speaking out against injustice in the West African nation, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.
In his Sunday, June 12 homily at St. Augustine’s Parish of the Archdiocese of Abuja, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama made reference to attacks that have targeted Catholics, including the Pentecost Sunday attack, and encouraged Nigerians “to remain steadfast in faith”.
“If these persistent attacks on the Catholic Church by those who kill and believe they are offering an excellent service to God are meant to scare us not to worship again or to speak out in favor of justice, it should be clear that nothing will stop us worshiping God and speaking the truth,” Archbishop Kaigama said.
The Nigerian Catholic Archbishop added, “I am here to encourage you to remain steadfast in faith and to continue to gather like this in worship irrespective of the series of unprovoked attacks and killings we have suffered over the years.”
He expressed optimism that the religious leaders who worship differently in the West African country will unite one-day in unmasking the perpetrators who tap from the “poor action of the government and the relevant security agencies” in their mission to kill.