Intensify Prayers For Politicians To Develop Spirit Of Selflessness, Kaigama Tells Nigerians


The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Kaigama has called on Nigerians to intensify prayers for political office holders to develop the spirit of selflessness so as to manage the nation’s resources in a way that would benefit the suffering masses.

The Archbishop made the call in his homily on Sunday at Saint Peter and Paul Parish Nyanya Abuja.

He said “We must intensify prayers for our leaders who handle our resources, so that they will develop the spirit of selflessness and direct the humongous resources consumed by the high cost of governance and the “maintenance” of leaders, to improve the lives of the suffering Nigerians,”

His Grace who charged Nigerians to listen to the voice of God in their consciences said,”the degree of rot and blatant misuse of public resources of this great country is because many have allowed their conscience to die. They see no wrong in their evil actions. They rationalize sin and criminally take for themselves what belongs to all.

“Dying to self is the only way a new Nigeria will germinate and grow, to produce patriotic citizens who do nothing from selfish ambition; not looking only for their interests, but also the interests of fellow Nigerians (cf. Phil 2:3-4). If Nigerians avoid politics of pleasure and the mentality of leadership without sacrifice, far-reaching positive changes will be possible.

“Unfortunately, in the struggle to occupy lucrative leadership positions, some leaders don’t care if others die for their (leaders’) political ambitions, while they are comfortable with their families at home, or having their children well protected overseas.

“It is only by dying to self that good governance can be entrenched. Jesus warns that “he who loves his life, loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life,” he said .

The Most Reverend remained Christians that their role is to people to God .

He further stated that,”the readings of today call us to follow the way of Christ’s self-sacrifice to share in the glory of His resurrection. We are aware of the common saying, “No cross, no crown”. The Stations of the Cross we pray, especially during Lent, are an eloquent reminder that through the Cross, we can be exalted and glorified with Christ.

“Prophet Jeremiah in the first reading teaches that the former covenant on Sinai and other covenants were marked by disobedience and unfaithfulness on the part of the people. He declared that the new covenant between God and Israel would no longer be external and written on stones (cf. Ex 24:11), but spiritual and written deep within their hearts (cf. Jer. 31:33), where no rain or natural disaster can affect it. This will lead to a change of old hearts to newer ways of keeping God’s covenant.

“The second reading from Hebrews focuses on how Jesus learned obedience through suffering and became the source of salvation for all who obey Him (cf. Heb. 5:8-9). From the example of Jesus, we learn that through suffering and fidelity to God’s will, our souls are sanctified, and eternal glory is attained.

“In the Gospel reading, some Greek pilgrims came to Jerusalem for the Passover feast to see Jesus and approached Philip to facilitate the visit (cf. Jn. 12:21). Philip went to tell Andrew and Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus. The wish of the Greeks to see Jesus, represents humanity’s quest and inner longing for God. The Greeks, by going through Philip, and later Andrew, remind us of our roles as disciples of Christ – to lead others to Christ.

” Some persons might want to approach Jesus, but do not know how to go about it. As Christians, our role is to lead people to Jesus. Some, perhaps are trying to retrace their steps, back to Christ. Our responsibility is to help them find the way, not to lead them farther away from Him by our bad examples,” he said.

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