Uncontrolled provocation breeds “tit-for-tat,” shedding of blood – Archb Kaigama

By Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev Dr. Ignatius A. Kaigama, has said that “governance is all about the welfare of the people, not about the distribution of favours to selected individuals.”

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Most Rev Dr. Ignatius A. Kaigama

He stated this on Friday, while delivering his sermon during a Funeral Mass for younger brother to Governor Simon Bako Lalong, late Felix Tsenba Wummen Bako, at St Stephen’s Catholic Church, Ajikama, in Shendam local government of Plateau State.

According to the Archbishop, “It is unfortunate, mentality today, to extend handouts to those leadership of position of government,” observing that, “and if that is not forthcoming, speculations start to circulate that only some persons or groups are favoured.”

“It’s my imagination, however, that today in the world some people like to take away the life so causally. Even in our country, life, which is our age-old culture and religion regarded as separated, is gradually so chipping that at the least provocation, people are ready to express their frustration by shedding innocent blood,” he stated.

He said it is sad that some kill for rituals, some for powers or material enrichments, and some even kill the unborn – claiming that they are not human beings yet, forgetting, however, that life is separate from a moment of conception to a natural death. The Bible categorically said, ‘thou shall not kill.’ ”

Archbishop Kaigama reiterated that “some involve themselves in what I call ‘suicide installment’ through taking dangerous drugs or substances (like the popular goskolo); and it kills those, who use them gradually.

He said “the late Felix Tsenba Wummen Bako has been a pride to Nigeria, and we cannot quarrel or insult God; it is our unshakable conviction that he, who believes in God, never dies.”

He noted that “we humans think prematurely, but nothing is premature for God. Times are set for everyone when we are born and when we answer the final call of God; we are all guilty before God. All we need to do is to plead for pardon,” adding that “the good news is that God is merciful and full of compassion.”

According to him, “death is liberation from life; death is inevitable, and we all hope to see God one-by-one.”

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