Amidst the unprecedented hunger, starvation, economic death and total lockdown of human and commercial activities caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, His Lordship .L. Iwejuru Ugorji, was noted to be the foremost initiator of palliative gestures to the indigent people of Abia State as he massively commenced the distribution of food stuffs and materials to people and the needy.
Reacting, a human rights activist and author, Comrade Paul Ikechukwu Njoku, lamented that he is not happy that Catholic family does not cherish to be captured on camera or in the media whenever they are reaching out to the people especially in this era of global pandemic despite the fact that some notable Pastors and General overseers in Pentecostal Churches and other denominations have demonstrated passionate distribution of food items, money and materials to many people to cushion the effect of Coronavirus.
“I commend the charitable and philanthropic gesture of the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, His Lordship .L. Iwejuru Ugorji, on his stimulus response package of a targeted five thousand indigent families of both Catholics and non Catholics in Umuahia, Abia State.
“I watch with happiness in my heart seeing the movement of truck-loads of rice and food stuffs being distributed in partnership with Justice Development and Peace Caritas to Parishes through various Deaneries in the Diocese via semi-urban areas with a target of 360 households in each Deanery for five thousand families.
“This is in line with Christ’s injunction to his disciples when He sayeth “give them something to eat”.
“As I have carefully listened to the incessant speeches and admonitions of His Lordship concerning the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the World, its preventive measures and stimulus interventions, I therefore urge other religious leaders and clerics, to kindly emulate Bishop Ugorji by alleviating the sufferings of Nigerians in this emergency global health threat and crisis”, Njoku, stated.