By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—As Nigeria gets set for the 2019 general elections, politicians have been urged to take advantage of the gale of defections in the political space to make amend and put the masses first above self so that the wound of hunger, violence and youth unemployment existing in the country could be healed.
The Archbishop of Jos, Rev. Ignatius Kaigama gave the charge in Jos during the opening ceremony of the 16th General Assembly of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, on the theme Revival of Catholic Traditions and Etiquette in Contemporary Nigerian Church: Catholic Archdiocese of Jos in Focus.
Kaigama, a former President of Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria, noted that “defection has become a much-used word in the lexicon of contemporary Nigerian politics. Many forget that it is a negative word. How I wish it were all about a new breed of leaders that put people, rather than themselves, first.
“Nigerians are being consumed by violence, especially violence generated by hunger and youth unemployment. I would be happier if defection could bring about healing the wounds of ethnic, political, religious and terrorist acts, or bring about sincere reparation.”
The state governor, Simon Lalong, who also spoke at the event, assured the Church of his support, commending the Catholic community for their consistent prayers and support to ensure his administration succeeds.