A Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria has cautioned religious leaders in the West African country against “prophesying electoral victory” and instead stand up for citizens’ rights.
Young people in Nigeria are leaving the West African nation in large numbers in search for “ greener pastures ” elsewhere, a situation th e Archbishop of the country ’s Abuja Archdiocese blames on insecurity, poverty , and high levels of corruption by those in leadership positions .
As places of worship remain closed in Nigeria as one of the measures in Africa’s most populous country to curb the possible spread of COVID-19, the Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Kaigama has appealed to the Federal government to allow Christians to participate in public Mass on Pentecost Sunday, May 31 while observing specific guidelines.
The need for the West to “give attention” to the atrocities being committed by the jihadist terrorist organization, Boko Haram the same way it tells stories of other “terrorist groups” was a major highlight at the peaceful protest march staged by Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Sunday, March 1, against abductions and killings that seem to target Christians.
At a conference bringing together a section of members of Nigeria’s Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP), the Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Ayau Kaigama has recalled the challenges of religious intolerance, extremism and violence in his country and called for genuine dialogue between members of different religions as the way to peace in Africa’s most populous nation.
The violence between the Jukun and Tiv people in Nigeria’s Taraba and Benue State, within the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Abuja and Jos, has caught the attention of Church leaders in the region, necessitating a meeting to seek solutions to stop the conflict.