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NEED FOR MORE PASTORAL CARE FOR NIGERIANS WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL CHALLENGES

A call has been made for a more committed attention pastoral care for Nigerians who are have psychological challenges and other human life defects and abandoned by the society. This call was made by Rev. Fr. Peter Babangida Audu, while giving his vote of thanks at the thanksgiving Mass to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his Priestly Ordination. The ceremony took place recently at Our Lady Catholic Church, Independence Way, Kaduna.

Fr. Babangida who went down memory lane, while giving gratitude to God and all those who have contributed to his priestly life journey; noted that it had not been all bed of roses. While advocating for prayer for greater steadfastness in his vocation, the Jubilerian   expressed the wish to dedicate the remaining years of his priestly  life to bringing succor to those who are suffering from different social and psychological challenges.

His words: “ … here in our country, Nigeria, we have not put human life first. We have in our communities, men women and children who have been abandoned in different circumstances to rot whist still breathing. In our communities, addiction to alcohol, mental trauma, and several other emotional issues have become very common reality.”

He continued: “Everyday, we see young people walking on the negative side of life, lonely, dispirited, without hope of a reasonable and fulfilling life. We see broken families and homes in marriages that we have failed to tend properly; we stare retired persons in the face as they trope our streets without focus, in pains and hopelessness.”

Fr. Babangida expressing deep concern for this group of people, regretted that the society, especially those who could help restore these victims back to healthy life have abandoned them and tagged them “useless”. He disclosed that his determination is to dedicate the rest of his priestly life to assisting these challenged Nigerians through the inauguration of a non-Governmental Agency (NGO); which he intends to establish soon; and advocated for the support of the people in bringing this dream of his to reality.

At the ceremony, encomiums were poured on the celebrant for his life of simplicity, spirituality and dedication to work. In his own remarks, Bishop John Niyiring of Kano, a classmate of the celebrant, described him as an intelligent, hardworking and pastorally minded priest, who spent his mission years outside the country respectably. Speaking in the same vein, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah commended the life of simplicity of the celebrant and his adaptability to work anywhere as a missionary of note and an ambassador with integrity.

 


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