The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Kaigama, on Sunday, warned Nigerians travelling for Christmas and the New Year to celebrate “with maximum vigilance and great caution.”
He expressed concern over the worsening insecurity in the country, describing it as “very perplexing.”
The cleric said this during the Fourth Sunday of Advent mass, which held at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Abuja.
He also confirmed that two Catholic priests, Rev. Fr. Matthew Dajo of Abuja Archdiocese, who was kidnapped from his residence, and Rev. Fr. Valentine Ezeagu, who was abducted on his way to his father’s funeral in Imo State, had been freed by their captors.
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Kaigama said, “Dear friends, travelling during this holy and festive period should be done with maximum vigilance and great caution. Apart from the bad roads and the actions of reckless drivers, criminals heighten their diabolical activities to make life unbearable for people.
“Also, COVID-19 is still like the roaring lion looking for people to devour. Let us take appropriate measures to curb its spread. The situation of escalating insecurity is very perplexing.
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“While we continue believing in our nation and continue our fervent prayers, we task our government to show more closeness to the people and a keen sensitivity to security issues.
“We are grateful to God that Fr. Matthew Dajo of the Abuja Archdiocese, who was kidnapped from his parish home; Fr. Valentine Ezeagu, kidnapped on his way to his father’s funeral in Imo State; and the over 300 children of Kankara, Katsina State, were released physically unharmed, but certainly psychologically traumatised.”