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Insecurity: Whole world is watching you, Archbishop Kaigama tells Buhari

Archbishop Kaigama

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace Ignatius Kaigama, on Sunday warned the Buhari-led Federal Government and the relevant agencies that the whole world is watching how they handle killings and related attacks by bandits in parts of the North.

Kaigama, who gave the while delivering his homily at a St. Augustine’s Pastoral Area in Waru Abuja, said the expectations of the people and indeed the international community were that the government would be proactive in preventing the attacks and definitive in dealing with the terrorists.

He urged the government, particularly the security agencies and other relevant institutions to meet the expectations.

The Archbishop said the rest of the world was keenly watching Nigeria and the government’s annihilation of banditry and terrorism would determine how the country would be viewed and treated by the international community.

“It is also unfortunate that well-meaning Nigerians, who boldly speak out in favour of what is right, and make an objective diagnosis of burning national issues, are threatened.

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“The Government should interpret our concerns positively as a patriotic contribution to the current national issues to be urgently acted upon rather than see them as a challenge to political authority.

“The world is watching Nigeria with great bewilderment. The reprehensible killings and related crimes, no matter the perceived grievances, are a call to the Government to act proactively and definitively,” he said.

Kaigama also decried what he called the exploitation of religion by politicians for selfish political and economic gains.

Even worse, he said, some religious leaders make inciting comments to keep their followers in constant hostility with adherents of other religions.

The Catholic Prelate said: “No civilized religion encourages its adherents to fight for God. When we fight and kill in the name of religion, it is often out of selfish interests.

“Sponsoring or killing a fellow human being in the name of religion is an evil we must condemn even when the perpetrators are members of our own religious circle.

“This will improve peaceful coexistence and inter-religious harmony. The blame game must give way to forgiveness, reconciliation, collective witness to social justice, peace, and love.”

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