Abuja, 26 April, 2020 / 5:16 pm (ACI Africa).
In the West Africa nation of Nigeria, an Archbishop has engaged in the distribution of palliatives to needy members of society and termed the initiative a “social responsibility of the Archdiocese.”
Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Abuja initiated the distribution of food and locally made facemasks Saturday, April 25 and challenged other entities in Africa’s most populous nation to help “cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.”
“This is the social responsibility of the archdiocese, the food and all that goes with it, the face masks as you can see we made quite a number of hundreds, we made them locally and we are hoping that this will inspire other individuals and groups to do the same,” Archbishop Kaigama told journalists April 25 in Abuja when he was initiating the first phase of the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives.
He added in reference to the first phase of the initiative that targets the vulnerable in society due to COVID-19 restrictions, “It will inspire governments at the local, state, and federal level to say look it is not too expensive to give this to every Nigerian citizen if it means stopping coronavirus.”
He expressed the hope that the items distributed will improve the livelihoods of the beneficiaries saying, “We are in difficult times, and we hope that the palliatives would go a long way to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and relieve the hardship and suffering of the people.”