…“Our hearts heavy with suffering”, Catholic Archbishop lament
The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), yesterday, asked Nigerian leaders to use their powers to bring relief and joy to Nigerians this Christmas.
The association’s president, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, in a statement, urged those in place of authority to lessen the pains of Nigerians by paying more attention to their well-being in the prompt payment of workers’ salaries and pensions to the pensioners.
He added that all things should be done to reduce the high cost of commodities in the market and let enabling environment be created for employment of the youths who are roaming the streets having no job.
The CAN president also urged Nigerians to observe Covid-19 health protocols during the Xmas season. He encouraged citizens not to let down their guards especially as the country has entered the fourth phase of the pandemic.
On insecurity, the CAN leader asked Nigerians to be hopeful and trust in the power of God.
Similarly, in his own Christmas message, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace Most Revd. Ignatius Kaigama, said, “The hearts of every Nigerian are heavy with the suffering they have experienced and seen in 2021 alone”.
According to him, with security challenges, Covid-19 pandemic, and agitations for self-determination, Nigerians would not forget 2021 in a hurry.
Kaigama, who stated these in his Christmas message made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday, also called on Nigerians not to give up on the country, saying although the present situations may be tough, “God is in control”.
The cleric told the faithful not to give up on their country, but “dare to look ahead and again embrace the hope for a better Nigeria”.
While stating that unbridled corruption and criminality were a grim reminder that selfishness had taken root in the hearts of many statesmen, the Archbishop said, “Christmas is an invitation to give up selfishness, to think only of others and how to bring the greatest happiness to them.
“On account of Christmas, all our leaders are challenged to once again dream big for our country and to faithfully work hard to realise those dreams, so as to find solutions to our teething problems and better the lives of some of the poorest people on earth”, Kaigama said.