Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama, has task federal government and government at all levels to show greater commitment to addressing the worrisome state of national insecurity and raging criminal activities in Nigeria.
Kaigama who stated this while delivering his speech at Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja General Assembly, with the theme, “The Archdiocese of Abuja in Ministerial and Pastoral Collaboration” said that the news of Nigeria, within and outside the country is not too good.
He also advised political leaders against acquiring huge loans for personal use, saying that if loans must be taken, it must be used to revamp the various sectors of the economy and strengthen government institutions to bring about the desired socio-economic progress, or else the government risk creating huge problems for future generations.
“There must be concrete and effective measures of job creation and youth empowerment, access to social welfare services and other dividends of democracy. Many young people and professionals are grabbing every available opportunity to flee abroad for greener pastures, because their fatherland or motherland is unable to provide adequately for them.
“With the church’s limited resources, we cannot provide employment for all the youths we know, but we will continue to do what we have been doing in favour of the youth, the poor and the needy, believing that one day, the government will truly partner with us and support us as a faith-based organization, as it is done elsewhere.
“In addition to our scholarship scheme for indigent students, I urge the Youth Commission to dialogue with the Justice, Development and Peace Commission on how part of the proceeds of the Lenten campaign can be used for youth empowerment.
“As COVID-19 is real, so are unemployment and poverty very real. We know this because we meet many people in our parishes and outstations looking up to the Church for the basic necessities of life, and the Church is not materially equipped to handle their needs,” he said.
The Archbishop of Abuja also condemned the challenges posed by insecurity which has left several people poor in the country.

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