COVID-19: Hunger Leads to Anger- Bishop Onuoha

COVID-19: Hunger Leads to Anger- Bishop Onuoha

PRESS STATEMENT

Government at all levels have been advised to take immediate action in tackling the hunger in the land orchestrated by the sit-at-home order imposed by the federal government complimented by States.

The President, Vision Africa International and Co-Chair Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop, Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha made the call on Wednesday while reacting to stories concerning armed robbery activities and cases of bulglary witnessed in some parts of the country.

Recall that Initial 14-day lockdown in some states was extended by another 14 days.

Speaking in Umuahia, the Abia State Capital, Bishop, Dr. Onuoha, who commended the Federal government over its response level to the Coronavirus COVID-19 scourge, appealed to federal and state governments to, as a matter of urgency, make food palliatives available for Nigerians to assist in cushioning the effects of the lockdown on people, adding that hunger leads to anger.

The Executive Director, Nigeria Interfaith Action Association (NIFAA), hinted that as a result of the hardship in the land, the less advantaged are beginning to target people, forgetting that the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of the lockdown is biting hard on all, as businesses and sources of livelihood have been on hold for sometime.

The Global Peace Award Winner 2013, stated that in the light of the above, it has become imperative for government to call for the disbursement of food where it had been stored throughout the federation, stressing that if nothing was done urgently to ameliorate the sufferings of the masses, the anger and frustration may grow worse while the resultant effect may produce grave consequences.

The Methodist Bishop who commended Nigerians for their resilience, perseverance this period, also urged them to be steadfast and offer fervent prayers to God, expressing hope that the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic will soon be a thing of the past just as he stressed the need for constant adherence to sanitary directives on hand washing, use of alcohol based hand sanitizers, wearing of face masks, hand gloves maintaining social distancing of 1.5 millimetres among other hygiene instructions by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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