ABUJA, JANUARY 5, 2020(CISA)-On the New Year and Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, on January 1, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called on citizens to eliminate all forms of religious prejudices among denominations.
“… Even among Christians we have many denominational prejudices injected by missionaries who brought the Christian faith to us. Only honest and loving interaction and an objective study of the history of the Church will bring greater understanding and thus create grounds for closer collaboration; otherwise, denominations will carry on with inherited prejudices which affect Christian unity and we will continue to see one another in negative light and even becoming very uncharitable to ourselves,” he said.
Speaking at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Abuja the Archbishop condemned all forms of fights that arise from religious and spiritual differences.
“The same is our relationship with adherents of Islam and the Traditional religions. We must not quarrel, compete, argue and fight dirty verbally and physically over religion. Let us rather try to outdo one another in living out the edifying values of our respective religions,” the archbishop of Abuja stated.
The archbishop called on citizens not to consider themselves better that the others, noting that it promotes individual or sectional interests instead of what benefits all.
“The multiple economic, political and religious crises we experience today are because we think we are better than others or that our tribe or religion or political party is the best. With this frame of mind, we promote individual or sectional interests instead of what benefits all…Prejudices of tribe, religion and politics are blinding, crippling and poisoning cordial relationships and destroying trust among Nigerians,” he noted.