The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has expressed that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, cannot feign ignorance of the consequences of the messages he preached years ago, which were alleged to be sympathetic to ‘extremist’ groups.
Speaking yesterday while delivering his homily at Holy Ghost Parish, Saburi in Abuja, the Archbishop said that before one could become a religious leader of the Minister’s calibre, he must have acquired a good grasp of philosophy and theology to preach.
Kaigama said, “The raging controversy about what a serving Minister preached, or did not preach years ago only goes to show the sensitivity of religious matters in Nigeria which we must always approach with very great caution.
“It is a clarion call for the proper training of preachers. Mistaken or faulty positions held by preachers and communicated to followers can contribute to unnecessary tension and violence that could even lead to the waste of human lives.
“As a doctor must attain full professional knowledge before practising, so preachers attain the height of religious formation before preaching, ignorance of the law is not an excuse.”
Kaigama further enjoined religious organizations to set the correct criteria for preachers, so that no one with the improper understanding of scripture or only with superficial and distorted truths of our faiths will cause religious friction and tension.