By Jessica Onyegbula
Abuja, April 25, 2020(NAN)The Metropolitan Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, His Grace, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama on Saturday flagged off the first phase of multi-million naira worth of palliatives for valuable and less privileged Nigerians during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown
Kaigama, who flagged off the palliative in Abuja stressed that this were difficult times, but hoped that the palliative go a long way to relieve the hardship and suffering of the people.
He noted that the palliative was to support rural parishes, prisons and orphanage homes during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
While lamenting that the Church had not received any form of palliative from the Government, Kaigama said he was optimistic that the government would send something tangible to the Church to support the vulnerable and less privileged.
The Abuja Chief Shepherd also charged well meaning Nigerians who have enough and Organisations to intensify efforts in reaching out to the poor around them as it will go a long way to alleviate the suffering at this critical times.
”These palliative that would be going out, is not about tribe, religion, age, gender or class rather it for humanity so lets do the best we can from our hearts.
”What we are going to be giving out today was donated by the people of God in the church and not from the government, we are still optimistic that government would reach out with some relief, as we have not received anything from the government,” he said.
The Archbishop noted that the world was fighting a war but a very different kind of war and it’s no deceit, it is very real and it would cripple us in many ways.
”You can see how our social lives are crumbling, the economy is degenerating and religious gatherings are now impossible, there are going to be consequences so we must all be part of this war.
”We must understand it and protect ourselves, let us move forward with faith, trust, hope and confidence that we can overcome Covid-19 pandemic.
”Let no one deceive himself or herself, coronavirus is real and is a treat to humanity and everything we stand for,” he added.
Also speaking, the Catholic Women Organization Abuja Archdiocese, (CWOAA), is seeking to raise four million Naira to assist indigent and vulnerable members of the organization.
The President, CWOAA, Mrs Mary Imaezue said that the CWOAA felt the pains of her members and wished to offer some palliative measures to help the indigent members, especially in Parishes in more vulnerable areas because of their peculiarities.
Mrs Imaezue said her organization would contribute the sum of 500, 000 Naira, which would be drawn from its purse, to the Project and appealed to Catholic faithful, Spirited individuals and Parishes which are yet to assist their needy members to key into to the project.
Earlier, Mrs Imaezue had directed all CWOs at Parish levels to reach out to their vulnerable and indigent members in kind and cash as palliative measures.
She gave the assurance that the CWOAA would work with Parish CWO Presidents to ensure equitable distribution of palliative items to deserving members.(NAN)
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