Holy Trinity “should be our model” amid Challenge of Divisions: Archbishop in Nigeria

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama during Holy Trinity Sunday Mass at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

The communion and relationship of the persons of the Most Holy Trinity “should” inspire the cultivation of “unity and harmony” in Nigeria, the Local Ordinary of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said.

In his Sunday, June 4 homily during the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama lamented “divisions” that he said have plagued the West African nation, and challenged leaders who recently took the oath of office to take the lead in uniting Nigerians.

“The unity and harmony in the Holy Trinity should be our model in our society plagued by divisions,” Archbishop Kaigama said during the Eucharistic celebration at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral of his Metropolitan See.

He added, “It is no secret that we are divided along ethnic, social, economic, and political lines; but we must strive harder to live out the spirit of our national motto, ‘unity and faith, peace, and progress.’” 

Archbishop Kaigama said that “good neighborliness and patriotism over sectional interests, ethnic loyalty, or religious myopia” are necessary for the unity of Nigerians.


He urged the newly sworn-in political leaders to “make deliberate efforts towards healing the political wounds and managing our diversity well.”

Among the things that the new leaders should strive to address “is the unfavorable effects of the recent increase of the price of fuel occasioned by the removal of the subsidy on petroleum,” the 64-year-old Archbishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in April 1995 as the Bishop of Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese said.

We hope that there will be an end henceforth to borrowing huge sums of money (piling humongous debts) and not putting them to productive use,” Archbishop Kaigama said. 

The Local Ordinary of Abuja since December 2019 challenged political leaders in Africa’s most populous nation to break the network of graft, and to invest in healthcare and education in the country instead of patronizing these institutions abroad.

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.