The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama has called on the state and federal governments to arise and pay attention to the challenges of insecurity facing Nigeria.
Particularly, the clergyman called on President Muhammadu Buhari to realize that many families are in deep hardship due to the activities of criminals ravaging the country.
Kaigama lamented during his homily on Sunday that Nigeria seems to be moving from one major national challenge to another with the citizens and residents of the country living in constant fear and general uncertainty.
Naija News reports the Archbishop made his mind known during the homily delivered at St. Andrew’s Parish, Orozo, Abuja.
The clergyman who spoke against the background of the occasion of the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day said while the sacrifices of the military men are not unappreciated, the government needs to pay more attention to the challenges facing the nation and the welfare of the security forces themselves.
In his words: “Only yesterday (Saturday), the Armed Forces Remembrance Day was well celebrated. We join millions of Nigerians to appreciate the sacrifices of our fallen and living heroes. We must continue to pray for the departed ones, expressing solidarity and showing kindness to the veterans and survivors, while urging the government to pay particular attention to the welfare of the men and women who have made selfless contributions to the search for durable peace for all Nigerians.
“Unfortunately, we have become too uncertain about many things; unsure each day about what will become of our people if they go to the farms or streams, what may befall villagers at night, or even in broad daylight in the cities, where people get abducted in exchange for raw cash.
“In Nigeria, we seem to transit from one major national challenge to another. We witness the criminal activities and mindless killings such as the recent attacks in Zamfara State, and efforts by terrorists to establish themselves as a government within a government, yet, the assurances of political leaders and security operatives always leave more to be desired.
“Many families too are quickly running out of the wine of gladness as they are threatened by moral and social vices, economic hardship; arising from poor and corrupt governance. As Jesus filled the empty water jars with water turned into wine, we all had to beg God to fill our hearts and the hearts of others around us with genuine love. Through the powerful intercession of Mary our Mother, may we experience, especially in 2022, an abundance of joy, love and peace in our families, parishes, our nation Nigeria and the world at large.
The Archbishop however stated that Nigerians should not lose hope but continue to pray and seek God’s help for things to get better, particularly as the new year 2022 progresses.
“We must accept each other as God’s special gifts to be loved, respected and appreciated. Together, with the help of God, we can record many more successes and ascend to greater heights.
“As the year 2022 is already speeding away, let us invite Mary our mother to intercede for us as she did for the couple of Cana, but we must be ready to take her advice: “Do whatever He tells you!” By doing so our water will turn into wine; our sorrows will be transformed into joys and our despair will be renewed in great hope.”