The Metropolitan Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, Ignatius Kaigama, has distributed the first phase of a multi-million Naira palliatives for vulnerable Nigerians to cushion effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

At the event in Abuja on Saturday, Kaigama said that this difficult period required goodwill and show of love to minimise the hardship and suffering of vulnerable people.  He said the palliatives would support rural parishes, prisons and orphanage during the novel coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Kaigama expressed optimism that the government would support the church’s effort in alleviating the challenges faced by the vulnerable and less privileged citizens.

The archbishop also charged organisations and philanthropists to intensify efforts in reaching out to the poor around them in this trying times.

”These palliatives that will be going out, is not about tribe, religion, age, gender or class, rather it is for humanity. So let’s do the best we can from our hearts.

”What we are giving out today was donated by the people of God in the Church and not from the government, we are still optimistic that government will 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 will 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 threat to humanity and everything we stand for,” he added.

Also speaking, the Catholic Women Organisation, Abuja Archdiocese, (CWOAA), said the association would raise N4 million to assist indigent and vulnerable members.

The President, CWOAA, Mrs Mary Imaezue said the association felt the pains of its members and wished to offer some palliatives to help the indigent members, especially Parishes in more vulnerable areas.

Imaezue said her organisation would contribute the sum of N500,000 which would be drawn from its purse, to the project and appealed to Catholic faithful, spirited individuals and parishes which were yet to assist their needy members to key into the project.

Earlier, 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)

Report by NTA news


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