The Archdiocese of Onitsha literally wiped off the strains of hunger and bitterness ocassioned by Covid-19 on faces of thousands of less privileged when the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev Valerian Maduka Okeke and his humanitarian collaborators from Hungary, the Afreka Humanitarian Foundation led by Dr Reka Fodor doled out palliatives to cushion the effects of Covid-19 on them.
Addressing thousands of of less privileged people,priests and members of the media who converged at the Basilica Square,Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha today, Archbishop Valerian Okeke disclosed that it was the 3rd phase of palliatives distributed to thousands of of the less privileged people without discrimination on religious denomination,tribe or ethnicity since the wave of Coronavirus.
According to the Archbishop, the church is obliged to take care of the less privileged during crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic as Jesus Christ mandated in the Scriptures citing the Gospel of St John,Chapter 10 verse 10 and Jesus feeding of 5000 followers quoted in Mathew 14 verses 13-21.
He pointed out that without the people,there would be no church hence the need to seek the welfare of the faithful and the people in general.
The Archbishop gave words of hope and consolation to the cheering crowd,assuring them that before they exhaust their lot,that God in His mercies,would provide more to replenish their stock.
“I want to pray for you and also assure you that before you exhaust your stock,God will provide more and more because there’s never a reason He will allow you to go hungry”, the Archbishop prayed.
He expressed gratitude to the leader of Afreka Humanitarian Foundation, Dr Reka Fodor and her team for collaborating with the Archdiocese and their love for humanity.
He further thanked the management of Orange Drugs,Nigeria for partnering with the Archdiocese.
Coordinator of the Palliatives Distribution Project and Vice Chancellor of Archdiocese of Onitsha,Very Rev Fr Dr Basil Ekwunife said it was the passion of the Archbishop of Onitsha,Most Rev Valerian Okeke to reach out to the less privileged and giving them a sense of belonging when disasters of such occur.
Fr Basil recalled that during flood disasters,the Archdiocese under the incumbent Archbishop doled out palliatives worth millions of Naira to the victims cushion the effect of the disaster.
According to him,the Archbishop was not only interested in the spiritual welfare of the people but also in their material welfare.
In his contribution,Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Very Rev Fr Dr Emeka Aroh told Journalists that charitable works have been the hallmark of the Archbishop even before his Episcopacy.
According to him,the era of Covid-19 is not the time to abandon the flock but to draw them closer,identify with them and give them comfort no matter how little it is in this time of need.