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Archbishop implores Nigerians to promote peaceful coexistence



Archbishop implores Nigerians to promote peaceful coexistence

By Bridget Ikyado

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Monsignor Ignatius Kaigama, implored Nigerians, regardless of their religious, ethnic or political affiliation, to promote the peaceful coexistence of all in the country.

Kaigama made the appeal Friday in Abuja shortly after a celebration of Special Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro held as part of the activities marking the 2021 General Assembly of the Archbishops of the Dioceses of Abuja.

The Archbishop stressed that peace and security were essential to maintain the unity of the country.

He said Nigerians should continue to live in peace and should continue to be their brother’s guardian as the security of the country is in everyone’s hands.

Kaigama instructed Christians to continue playing their respective roles for the growth of the country.

He called on Nigerians not to promote crises through religion.

“Nigerians are being killed, not Christians; it’s not about a particular religion, ”he said.

In his sermon, the Archbishop resumed the reading of the Gospel of John 20: 2: “Jesus said to them again: Peace be with you, as my Father has sent me”.

He explained that God had given Christians authority over everything and that the church was the light that society should turn to.

“The church has a responsibility to teach society to move from conflict to fellowship.

“I urged Nigerians to always thank God, who has continued to preserve the nation.

He urged Nigerians not to stop praying for unity in the country.

Senator representing the Southern Plateau senatorial district, Nora Daduut, in an interview with Nigerians, said the women and youth of the church were involved in preaching peace.

Daduut said it was mothers’ duty to heal the ailments of society, adding “let’s speak the language of love, peace and unity”.

The event brought together priests, religious organizations and societies as well as government officials.

The Minister of Special Tasks and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, attended the event.

The theme of this year’s General Assembly is “Ministerial and Pastoral Collaboration” and will include deliberations on New Evangelization, Ecumenism, Interfaith Dialogue, Justice and Peace, Communications, Liturgy, Health, family and youth development.

The General Assembly ends on September 25, with the closing mass and the publication of a press release.

Source: NAN

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