Stop this Heartless Bloodshed – Archbishop Kaigama tells federal and state govts; enjoins the public to pray for conversion of the killers
The Federal and state governments have been urged to renew strategies that would be put in place to stop the heartless bloodshed in the country.
Archbishop Kaigama also called on Nigerians to “pray for the conversion of the killers, so that God should touch and inspire His mercy in them, to realize that to take any life is contrary to the religious faiths that we so proudly profess as we parade and pride of ourselves as a religious nation.”
The President of the Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Jos, Most Revd Ignatius A. Kaigama, made this know on Tuesday, at the 50th Anniversary and the Grand Finale Golden Jubilee of Our Lady of Fatima Sisters in Jos, and said, “there is need for atonement, conversion and purification for Nigerians.”
He said, “it is sad news that there is this frequent attacks and killings of innocent citizens by these aggressors, and they are yet to be identified, but deserve our fervent intervention prayers so that God can change their hearts of evil to hearts of love, so that they can begin to respect life and not cheapen it for whatever reason.”
According to him, many villages in Riyom, Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi areas, such as Fan, Kura Falls, Sho, Gashis, Ganarop, Drop,Ganan Daji, Kura Berom, Kukuruk, Bedzak, Xland and Kadunung, among others, have suffered persistent attacks and are yet to identify the culprits and their motives, because they vanish quickly after the attacks.
He said the call of John the Baptist who both Muslims and Christians acknowledge as a great prophet, should be adhered to, that is, to “repent.” In Luke 3:3, it says, “to repent is to refrain from doing evil,” that is, to turn away from evil path and to embark on the path of goodness and righteousness.
The Archbishop also said, “we are not at war in Nigeria, but violence, kidnapping, armed robberies and even the acts of corruption, which has deprived the people of a meaningful existence, is in a sense of some sort of war against innocent and helpless Nigerians.”
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for his determination to, by God’s grace, stamp out all those involved, the Archbishop maintained that, “we need prayers, and we should beg our Mother Mary to intercede for us at this moment of our national history,” adding that, “that is one of the activities of the OLF Sisters, which is prayers.”