He lamented the fact that senior government officials are given huge salaries and side benefits to sustain themselves while other workers are given “miserable salaries which come infrequently and in some cases are even tempered with.”

Archbishop Kaigama advocated for altruism, saying, “Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other people’s interests instead.”

Leaders, he further said, “are called to live simply and to sacrifice for people entrusted to their care through humble and self-giving service.”

In his November 20 homily, the Nigerian Catholic Church leader questioned the character of political candidates in the 2023 elections

“As the campaigns are becoming more and more vigorous, the question is if political candidates understand that leadership is about selfless service modeled after that of Jesus who came not to be served but to serve", he said.

He added, “I am yet to hear those contesting the forthcoming elections saying that they are ready to serve to the point of giving back what they owe the poor like Zacchaeus or even to die for the good of their people."

Instead of explaining how they will offer their selfless service, politicians in Nigeria are “struggling feverishly to win elections and having won, they immediately start to expend energy and resources on how to win again after four years,” he lamented.

The Nigerian Archbishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in April 1995 as Bishop of Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese urged political candidates in the25 February 2023 general elections to remain approachable and accessible to the people even after being voted into office.

He went on to caution the political candidates against the tendency to ignore the plight of those they govern, forgetting the promises they made during campaigns.

The Nigerian Archbishop challenged political candidates foster friendship with people, saying, “Jesus is the model leader political leaders must imitate. He was a friend to all, the lepers with whom people never associated with, the sick, the poor, the wretched, the tax collectors and sinners. He sought out what was lost.”