By Luminous Jannamike
Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, on Sunday, said that Nigeria’s situation had been made worse by the failure of the political class to tackle injustice and nepotism in the country.
Kaigama, who made this remark during his homily at St. Fabian’s Parish, Efab-Jabi in Abuja, expressed the need to replace the narrative of hate and ethnicity with the message of love and unity.
The Archbishop stated that men of influence and power in Nigeria must seek God’s face while setting aside greed and parochialism for the country to make progress.
He said, “We must admit that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and the ideals of genuine patriotism to build a nation of our dreams.
“We must ask the question, ‘Why are things not working well despite the enormous blessings of God upon Nigeria?’
“Until we desist from greed, injustice, discrimination, myopic view of religion, parochial ethnic interests instead of the common good, political insensitivity and the tendency to surreptitiously corner our common patrimony for the benefit of a few, we will continue dancing dangerously on the precipice.”
Kaigama explained that the reality on the ground was that the country was bedevilled by hunger, poverty, and general insecurity.
He noted that many Nigerian elites have failed and must acknowledge the depth of pain, sadness and lack of progress their decisions have caused the nation and repent of their sins.
While alluding to the biblical story of the ancient serpent that was erected by Moses in the desert after Israel’s sin of rebellion against God, which was punished with the bites of fiery serpents, the Archbishop said, “Like the Israelites, Nigerians in this journey of life have been badly bitten; we have been wounded by our human passions and inclinations, battered by our concupiscence, and propensity to become inhuman to one another on account of religion, ethnicity and politics
“In the midst of the ‘snake bites’ of hunger, poverty, terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, etc., which has left us almost helpless, we must raise our eyes in faith to our Lord God.
“Like Nicodemus, who was a leading Jew of great wealth and position, but wanted enlightenment from Jesus, so must all our men of influence and power in our country genuinely seek God’s face,” he added.