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Catholic Archbishop asks Nigerian government to reveal identities of 774,000 jobs’ beneficiaries

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The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Kaigama, on Sunday, demanded a probe into the 774,000 job project of the Federal Government in which each participant would receive N20,000 for three months.He also warned Nigerians against murmuring against God like the Israelites in the Old Testament.
While calling on the government to eliminate corruption in the distribution of resources, he said enquiries must be made to know the identities of youth beneficiaries and the quality of assistance rendered to them.

Kaigama stated these in a statement delivered at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral.
He said, “We recall that the Federal Government flagged off the 774,000 jobs, with each participant expected to receive N20,000 for three months, to be paid through their bank verification numbers, to eliminate fraud and/or double payments. What impact has been made?
“Let us know the identities of youth beneficiaries and the quality of help rendered to them. We must cultivate a new and better way of living honestly and justly. When Nigerians pray, let it not be about a litany of physical needs, but also for honesty to take roots in the hearts of both the poor and privileged Nigerians; so that we are able to discharge our duties honestly with a very strong sense of charity and fairness.”

Ignatius said, many people want a God who acts like a magician, adding that many Christians shun preachers who tell the truth and preach dignity of work, honesty, justice, morality, repentance and charity.
“They prefer those who market the ‘prosperity gospel’ and engage in superficial worship that calls on God only when there is a need, seeing God as a judge or a policeman or a generous farmer who provides meat, watermelons, onions and cucumbers” he added.

Dear friends, we may be going through hard times in our nation, but we must be careful not to complain inordinately. It is one thing to ask God for a favour, it is quite another thing to act before Him as if He owes us a debt to be paid back.
“We must re-examine our motive for following Jesus. If we follow only for ephemeral desires, these desires will prevent us from appreciating the goodness of God, and will hold us in spiritual bondage,” he further added.

Written by: Busayo Babs

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