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Help Needy amid COVID-19’s “dark moments of negative social consequences”-Nigerian Prelate

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Abuja Archdiocese, Nigeria.

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has urged citizens of the West African country to be generous towards the needy people in the society amid the social challenges occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.

“In these dark moments of the negative social consequences of the coronavirus disease, we must help the needy in our own little way,” Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama said Sunday, August 2 during a televised Mass at St. Theresa’s Church in Abuja.

Archbishop Kaigama urged Government officials to ensure that the palliatives provided by faith-based or voluntary organizations and other donors “are properly shared and equitably distributed to meet the needs of the poor masses.” 

He advocated for stewardship saying, “Those managing public resources should ensure that what we have goes round. It is uncharitable to accumulate funds that belong to the poor or to inflate the price of contracts for projects meant to serve the public.”

“If such is done, we end up with substandard structures and short change those for whom such projects are meant to alleviate their poverty. You can imagine how roads built through contract scam soon develop gullies, with people dying in needless accidents or buildings collapsing and killing people,” the 62-year-old Prelate further said.

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As a way forward, the Nigerian Prelate invited government officials and ordinary citizens to “remain solidly rooted in faith and use the resources we have judiciously and equitably to the benefit of all.”

“If this is sincerely done through the intervention of Jesus, all can eat and be satisfied and even have leftovers as the twelve baskets full reported in Matthew 14:2,” Archbishop Kaigama said, reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel. 

He went to highlight the importance of sharing “even the little we have” saying, “The vast difference between the rich and the poor will not exist. The basics of life will be available to all: shelter, food, potable water, roads, electricity, education, basic health care etc.” 

Archbishop Kaigama also commended the faithful for heeding to “our call to donate towards assisting the needy among us during this COVID-19 era.”

“Through the society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Archdiocese of Abuja was able to distribute palliatives two times and hopefully, a third distribution will be done,” the Nigerian Prelate said.

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