The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Kaigama, has lamented the litany of woes experienced by Nigerians under President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC regime, urging Nigerians to unite in choosing credible political leaders in the 2023 general elections.
“You go to school, you cannot graduate, you finish school, no work, you hear about snakes swallowing money, monkeys taking money and termites eating vouchers. All these are wahala, and so they should bind us together,” said the Catholic cleric.
He added, “It should make us unite like the lepers. They came together and achieved a common good, so when we are together, we will be able to make better choices in the coming elections.”
Mr Kaigama made the appeal on Sunday while delivering a homily at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Kugbo, Abuja.
The cleric urged Nigerians to set aside their differences and come together to evolve permanent solutions to all the ‘’wahala’’ in the country by electing credible and compassionate leaders in 2023.
“In the ugly situation of our country, we must be united, particularly in making wise political choices because God can take away the socio-economic and political leprosy in the country, and the only way we can ensure this happens is by using the ballot,’’ the Catholic archbishop stated.
Reading from the gospel of Luke, the Catholic leader in Abuja noted the need for Nigerians to eschew divisive tendencies.
“Let us follow the example of the Jewish and Samaritan lepers who set aside their differences and came together to find a solution to their leprosy,” he told the congregation. “The gospel narrates how the Jews and Samaritans never came together and never saw eye to eye on anything, just like how it is in some parts of our country where some people believe that they are better than others.”
He added, “However, because of the disease of leprosy, the Jews and Samaritans came together. This is how ‘wahala’ can bring us together. I have seen that wahala has been plenty for us in this country: poverty, insecurity, corruption, and so much suffering.”