Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama has stated that Nigeria can only experience true peace when the issue of injustice, especially against the majority poor is genuinely addressed and rectified. The Archbishop made this assertion in Abuja recently while fielding questions from media, after his investiture with the Pallium of the Archbishop, at a ceremony held at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Garki, Area 3, Abuja. The ceremony which was attended by dignitaries from all walks of life was presided over by the apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi.
According to the local ordinary of Abuja Archdiocese who condemned in strong terms the continued killings, kidnapping and banditry in different parts of the country, “if the government and security personnel are sincere and in control of the situation; and ensure security of lives and property, the country and the people will enjoy true peace irrespective of their differences.
Archbishop Kaigama regretted that the country’s political leaders are only interested in occupying political offices and enjoying the benefits of office without thinking of the common good; and what accrues to the majority poor as benefits of their being in office. While calling on people in position of authority to make the well-being of Nigerians their primary concern, Archbishop Kaigama noted that most times political campaigns are based on occupying offices, interest of ethnic groups and region, religion or political affiliation; without considering how to alleviate the sufferings of the poor and how to get them out of their conditions
He declared: “Many Nigerians in their millions are dying in poverty. If you go to the villages you will see it, it is not theory. Like here in Abuja, the city is very beautiful but go to the outskirts you will wonder.” The Archbishop warned that if this injustice continues, the country will know no real peace.
In his address after the investiture, Archbishop Kaigama reiterated his determination for the enhancement of pastoral growth of the Archdiocese and announced the creation of 30 new pastoral areas. He also announced a General Assembly for the Archdiocese, which was to bring together representatives of all the faithful groups to discuss the way forward for the Archdiocese.
Earlier in his homily at the investiture ceremony Mass, the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Filipazzi, gave extensive explanation on the importance of the Pallium in the life of the Church, describing it among other things, as “signifying the power which the metropolitan, in communion with the Roman Church, has by law in his own province. He added: “The pallium therefore refers both to the Ecclesiastical Province and to the bond with the Church of Rome. The Papal Nuncio called on the faithful of the Archdiocese to support and collaborate with Archbishop Kaigama to enable him succeed in his ministry.
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