The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has urged leaders to inspire hope in Nigerians in the new year.
Kaigama who made the call in his new year message on Sunday in Abuja explained that Nigerians were facing challenges with far-reaching consequences on their social life.
He called on the leaders to find a lasting solution to secure lives, property, and freedom of the people.
He said that the Nigerians lived with and survived a culture of kidnapping, hostage-taking, and mindless murder in 2023.
Kaigama said that there would be a turnaround in 2023 with fervent prayers and help from God.
“The determination to confront insecurity must be given priority in the agenda of those seeking to be elected, they must have the will to unveil those behind brutal attacks and murders,“he said.
Kaigama urged critical stakeholders to ensure fair play and respect for the opinions of the people when eventually expressed when the ballot is cast.
“We are here today just because God has brought us thus far. The Kaduna deadly train attack in March and the agonising months the abducted passengers spent in the hands of armed men left us all traumatised.
“The daring Kuje Prison attack by Boko Haram and precipitated secessionist rallies left all of us begging for answers.
” The advisory by some foreign embassies on the risk of traveling to Nigeria and the subsequent arrest of suspected terrorists in October left us reeling in fear.
” The volatile situation in the Southeast in a bid to enforce an unlawful lockdown has made life in that part of the country difficult.“