By Daniel Tyokua
The Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama on Thursday said the federal and state governments including stakeholders must change their approaches in handling security issues across the country.
He said the continued killings, kidnappings and bandantry in some parts of the country would only be tackled if both government, security personnel are sincere and on top of the game.
“Government, Security heads and Nigerians must be fair in handling security issues, the government should be on top of the situation to avoid killings, kidnappings and communal disputes” he said.
Kaigama stated this while fielding questions from journalists after he was confered with pallium at our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Abuja by Antonio Filipazzi Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria.
The Bishop called on authorities of the country at all levels to take the well being of Nigerians above any other thing.
He regretted that most times political campaigns are based on occupying offices, interest of ethic group and region or those who are political affiliated.
“These people hardly talk about the common goal and raising of the poor from their poor and bad conditions to a condition of social economic stability.
“Many Nigerians in their millions are dying in poverty, as a pastor, bishop, priest and a grass root person is disturbing, if you go to the villagies you will see it, is not theory. Like here in Abuja, the city is very beautiful but go to the outskirts you will wonder” he said.
According to Kaigama, if the terrible situations people at the rural areas found themselves are not well address the crisis would continue, injustice must be addressed before peace will rain.
However during the pallium investiture, the Antonio Filipazzi, the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria called on the Catholics to support Kaigama continue to succeed in the evangelic ministry.
Nuncio said Christ work was not an easy task but the mission must be accomplished especially by those who are saddled with the responsibility.
The pallium is a special vestment worn over the Chasuble, round the neck and resting on the shoulders of a high ranking Archbishop with Metropolitan authority.