By Samson Adeyanju

Acknowledging that there is a social lack in the country, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has warned youths never to allow themselves to be used by politicians.

Archbishop Kaigama gave the warning during the 96th National Executive Council Meeting/Seminar with the theme, “Mary arose and went with haste”, held at St. Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Pastoral Area, Arab Road Kubwa, Abuja.

The Local Ordinary revealed that the country is in a time when leaders pursuing their selfish political interests use young people negatively.

“Don’t allow yourselves to be used even in the midst of social lack.

“Return home, I urge you to be more involved as positive key drivers of the Church and civil society.

“I commend your great enthusiasm and the use of your different gifts and talents to work for God.

“Please, continue to make yourselves available for voluntary service in the Church and society, despite the numerous challenges of unemployment, poverty, insecurity, and the epileptic educational system that makes you sometimes graduate in seven years instead of four,” he appealed to them.

The Abuja Chief Shepherd admonished Nigerians to as a matter of urgency regain the values of forgiveness and dialogue which seem to have lost popular appeal.

“Remember that to forgive is not an act of weakness but strength.

“We need this virtue to overcome in our country the brewing political tensions and unprovoked attacks,” he charged.

Still speaking to youths, the Cleric admonished them to participate actively and honestly in politics and perform their civic responsibility with great courage and conviction in the spirit of patriotism, with the hope that the conscience of political leaders will be touched and they will be able to sacrifice their comfort, and temper their greed with mercy, to provide for the masses.

He urged the youths to keep the light of faith aglow and don’t relent in praying and working for peace and progress.

“Jesus calls you to reject any recourse to violence, because violence dehumanizes us, especially when we hunt, maim, capture, and kill fellow human beings.

“The call to love our enemies is not a call to passivity in the face of wrongs and evils, but it is the most eloquent moral response that can be given.

Two wrongs never make one right. Reprisal attacks or revenge may hurt one even more than it will hurt one’s offender,” he affirmed.

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