Bishop Kaigama advises Nigerians not to become tired of voting.

Bishop Ignatius Kaigama, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja diocese, has advised Nigerians not to be discouraged from voting on election days.

“Nigerians must maintain a positive attitude; we must maintain hope.” Those who are becoming apathetic as a result of political changes and insecurity must keep their spirits up.

“Millions of jobless youth and students stranded at home owing to the ASUU strike must maintain optimism. Nigerians should not become weary of registering to vote on a regular basis. In a Homily at the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Mugadishu Cantonment, Abuja, he declared, “Things will work better eventually.”

He claimed that the current difficulties would pass because God just wants Nigerians to learn to keep striving and never give up, “even when we are frustrated and fatigued.”

He also spoke on Workers’ Day, emphasizing the value of work.

“I pray to the Lord to bless the labor of our hands,” he continued, “and we ask the government to be more devoted to establishing job possibilities for youths who do not need to know prominent people to get jobs.”

He thought it was humiliating that workers had to resort to strikes to get their concerns heard.
“The government should constantly engage in genuine engagement with labor unions, because recurrent strikes, such as those by ASUU and other labor organizations, cause significant damage to our educational system and economy.”

He expressed concern that some cynical social media critics had stated that they were tired of praying for nothing to happen.

“I urge that, just as we are not tired of eating, breathing, washing ourselves, or praying for our safety, welfare, and progress, we should not be tired of praying for our safety, welfare, and progress.”

“All we have to offer is prayer for those who are currently in the hands of terrorists in the bush, and we pray that God would inspire the concerned authorities to provide all necessary for our security forces to combat the crimes that cause so much anguish and agony to families and individuals.”

“We must all be security vigilant while understanding that God is our security.” We pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in remaining resilient and bearing testimony to the risen Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever,” he stated.

He was overjoyed to be asked to give the sacrament of confirmation to 330 applicants and witness the marriage of nine couples.

“I feel that when your chaplain, Fr. Martin Dogo, excitedly invited me, he wanted me to come and bless his people, to seek God’s protection, especially for members of your families who are serving in the military, sometimes on perilous missions or in really dangerous locations.

“We will also be praying for God’s mercy on those who were forced to make the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.”

“In these trying times, it is only fitting that we beg almighty God to take precedence in our lives; we must trust and obey Him, allowing Him to lead the path rather than thinking we should lead and dictate to Him.”

“The 374 members of this chaplaincy will become soldiers of Christ as a result of the confirmation taking place here. You probably have a good understanding of what a soldier’s job entails, as well as the discipline, honesty, and professionalism demanded of a soldier.

“Those who are to be confirmed are called’soldiers’ because they are expected to be anchored in faith, vibrant in faith practice, and careful in ensuring the preservation of the Catholic Church’s beliefs and traditions.

“They must be perceived to be following God’s commands, encouraging social order, fraternal peace, and neighborly welfare.”

“Their weapons are not the guns and bombs used by conventional armies, but the weapon of prayer, the armor of God described in Ephesians 6:10–17, where St. Paul instructed the Ephesians to put on the breastplate of justice, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit” (which is the Word of God).

“By their confirmation, they are, in a sense, transitioning from non-commissioned to commissioned officers.” They are no longer neophytes or fresh Christians in the faith.

“They are now mature enough to promote the Church’s good; protect the Church’s interests and welfare; defend the Church’s ideals; and obey God and the Church like soldiers execute military orders without hesitation.”

“They must go to Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation; go to confession on a regular basis; receive Communion frequently; keep the Ten Commandments honestly; and engage in the sacraments with utmost attention and frequency.”

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