The Catholic Archbishop of the of Abuja diocese, Ignatius Kaigama has asked the President Muhammadu Buhari led the federal government to listen to the voice of the #ENDSARS protesters.
Bishop Kaigama counselled that leaders shouldn’t harden their hearts, noting that there is wisdom in reasoning together as a people to chart a way forward.
The respected clergy was speaking during Sunday mass, at St. Gabriel. Chaplaincy Durumi, Abuja on the occasion of World Mission Sunday, advised the protesting to be peaceful while pursuing justice.
The World Mission Sunday is a day set aside for the Catholic Church throughout the world to publicly renew its commitment to the missionary movement.
His words: ‘Youths In Nigeria is not using violence as a means of putting across their message to those in political authority today. On the ongoing protest against police brutality. For me, the protests are only a symptom of buried grievances and timed-bomb planted over decades ago by the failure to develop, political and economic options in favour of the youths and future generations. That failure has brought this about. Poverty and social neglect I tell you brothers and sisters are worse than coronavirus and they can trigger very negative reactions.
“We, however, urge our youths, we understand our predicament, we urge them to pursue justice in the most peaceful way. Don’t destroy your message by engaging in violence or the destruction of common properties that in the end will only wound all of us, be peaceful, be orderly and communicate clearly, loudly and effectively. This is my plea and to our political leaders, all I can say is oh that today you would listen to the voice of our young people, harden not your heart, let us reason together, everyone wants something good for this country. Let us work together in close collaboration and we shall be among the best in the world.” Kaigama advised.