Yakubu Busari, Jos
The Archbishop of Jo ,Most Rev Ignatius A. Kaigama has advised heads of denominational churches in Plateau state to stop blackmailing Governor Simon Lalong ,while calling on political defectors to use the defections for positive change that would benefit the citizenry.
Kaigama disclosed this during the 16th General Assembly of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, held at Blessed Sacrament Church, Jenta, Mangoro in Jos, the Plateau State capital .
According to him defection has become a much used word in the lexicon of contemporary Nigeria politics but “many forget that it is a negative word, how I wish it were all about a new breed of leaders who put people rather than themselves first.”
He said that politicians should realize that those entrusted with political offices have dashed the hopes of most Nigerians after sixty years of independence and even with the years of our democratic practice.
“Nigerians are being consumed by violence, especially violence generated by hunger and youth unemployment ,I should be happier if defection could bring about healing the wounds of ethnic, political ,religious and terrorist acts or bringing about sincere reparation as in the case of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:8 who having realized he had cheated the people he was meant to serve, confessed to Jesus, saying ,”I have given half of my belongings to the poor ,and if I have cheated anyone ,I will pay him back four times as much “.
” I pray that this time around our politician all over Nigeria will be kind enough to engage in only those things that can bring genuine development and socio economic improvement to the lives of Nigerians and above all peaceful coexistence despite political differences “, he noted.
The Archbishop used the occasion to warn politician to focus more on development of human capacity building and infrastructural development that would address youth unemployment and reduce poverty in the country.
He refuted the allegation that the administration of Governor Simon Lalong favors the Catholic churches as he was very close to the former Governor Joshua Dariye and nobody saw something wrong with that.
He said: “I want to tell the enemy of Plateau state Governor to understand that the Catholic church never discriminate anyone on the basic of tribes or religion and cannot go about begging for contract from government but to provide advice.