Archbishop Kaigama calls for free, just society

Ukamaka Okafor, Abuja

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Archbishop Ignatious Kaigama

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Kaigama has called on Nigerians to collaborate in more concrete ways to bring about a just and free society that replaces a manipulation of the masses and goes beyond unhealthy divisions.

Archbishop Kaigama stated this in his Christmas message to Nigerians in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Archbishop Kaigama also called on Nigerians to unite in fellowship in all their endeavours.

He also tasked the citizens on building healthy relationships that lead to peaceful co-existence.

In his words, “Unfortunately there is unhealthy division: North vs South, Muslim, vs Christian, and this keeps us away and degenerates into unhealthy co-existence, then violence comes in. We just need to overcome this and our country will be amongst the best in the world.”

He also noted that the season was an invitation for Christians everywhere to volunteer to share the love that Christ brings at Christmas; to restore the lost joy and hope of those around the nation.

Citing Pope Francis’ task of obligations to the poor, by initiating the World Day of the Poor, Bishop Kaigama noted that the society has the poor, parading in many forms.

Some, he said, are widows, beggars on the streets, hawkers at railway crossings or street light stops, unemployed youths, street children, pensioners, the aged, orphans etc, forming a bulk of the population and suggested a special Federal Ministry and State Ministry for the poor and needy would probably be a step in the right direction.

“We are blessed but we are not using the resources for the good of the people and if we do so, our leaders in positions of authority will give the best in order to serve the people under their care.

“They will be selfless and not self-centered, be self-giving and not just accumulating for themselves. So we want a happy Nigeria and Nigerians that are happy and their social condition is high and there is very little poverty. So this is our prayer that this Christmas the Infant Jesus that comes will help and direct us to do what is right so that we live peacefully and happily together in this country.

“The power of the child Jesus is not based on might and wealth, but love. It is a power which gives new birth, pardons transgressions; brings about reconciliation and transforms evil into good. It is the power of service which inaugurates the kingdom of God in our world, a kingdom of justice and peace, a kingdom of light and truth,” the archbishop concluded.

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

This day in Christendom is observed on the 25th of December every year as a religious and cultural ceremony among billions of people all over the world.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis has spread the word of unconditional love in his Christmas message.

The leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Roman Catholics led the service in St. Peter’s Basilica for thousands of people as well as those watching on large screens outside.

He reminded the faithful of God’s love for all.

“Christmas reminds us that God continues to love us all, even the worst of us,” Francis said in his sermon.

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