The recent increase in petrol pump price and electricity tariff, Catholic clergymen have begged the Federal Government to have a rethink on its decision and make life more comfortable for Nigerians who were already finding it hard to survive in this economy.
The appeal came at the General Assembly by the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja on Friday in Abuja, with the theme ‘Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja: Together in Evangelization.’ A major highlight at the Assembly was the 30 new pastoral areas and the expanded 11 Archdiocesan commissions.
The Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, who pleaded to the Federal Government to have mercy on the poor and needy who made up a large number of Nigerians, said the government has the capacity of giving a better solution that would not bring more hardship on the people.
In his words: “I can only beg on behalf of the poor and the needy that government should have mercy on us. We are at the grassroots and I meet people who are really poor and in need and with all these increases it makes life more intolerable.
“As a priest I can only pray that God will do something for the poor and needy but God doesn’t operate in a vacuum, he uses our leaders; the President, the governors, local government chairman. I know they can do something. Let them just look at the poor and the needy with the eyes of mercy and strategize, there is a way out, they can be help.”
The Archbishop Emeritus, His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has criticized the present administration for failing to fulfill its promises, noted that Nigerians deserved to live better lives.
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