Abuja, 17 October, 2022 / 9:23 pm (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has called on “political and traditional” leaders in the West African nation to find inspiration in the prayer attitude of Old Testament rulers and pray for the Nigerians under their care.
In his Sunday, October 16 homily at St. Andrew’s New Kutunku Chaplaincy of his Metropolitan See, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama posed, “Do our political and traditional leaders leave prayer to the ordinary people?”
“As Moses prayed, David prayed, Solomon prayed, the king of Nineveh prayed so should our Nigerian leaders pray and work against poverty, unemployment, hunger, flood, diseases, violence and insecurity, and our help will definitely come from the Lord,” Archbishop Kaigama said.
He made reference to the First Reading of the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time from the Book of Exodus in which Aaron and Hur supported Moses’ hands for the Israelites to have the better of the fight against the Amalekites, saying, “The prolonged prayer made by their leader guaranteed the victory of the Israelites over their enemies.”
“The people of God won through the prayer of Moses, whose hands were raised to the heavens,” the Nigerian Archbishop said, adding, “We see here the power of prayer, just as the Christians were granted victory over the Ottoman army at the battle of Lepanto through the Holy Rosary in 1571.”