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COVID-19: Bishop charges govt on transparency

COVID-19: Bishop charges govt on  transparency

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From  Fisayo Akinduro Osogbo

Government at all levels have been charged to be transparent in the management of Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, Most Rev. John  Oyejola gave the charge  during the grand finale of the diocese 25th anniversary celebrations.

Oyejola in his address titled: “Gratitude, Formation and Mission; Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled,” also said the efforts at containing the deadly disease should not become an alibi for denying the people freedom of communal religious worship.

The bishop said hearts of many Nigerians had been troubled since the outbreak of coronavirus because the scourge worsened the economic and financial challenges of the average citizens.

While commending the efforts of governments at containing the spread of the disease, the Chief Shepherd of the diocese urged them to be transparent with the management of the disease and assured that COVID-19 would be defeated in no distant future.

He said, “We commend the civil authorities for the spirited efforts they have put into the fight against corona virus pandemic since its outbreak.

“Our passionate and frank appeal to them is that, the management of this pandemic should wear genuine human face, must be transparent and should not become an alibi for denying the people freedom of communal religious worship beyond what is reasonably necessary.

“We, however, must remain strong and deeply rooted in our faith in God who does not fail us, even when we do not have a complete understanding of some events in our human experience in this ephemeral world, our hearts must not be troubled because we have Christ.

The COVID-19 Response Team of the diocese under the chairmanship of Prof. Olu Aina distributed palliatives to cushion the hardship that the lockdown occasioned.

The food items distributed to both indigent Catholics and non Catholics across Osun included rice, beans and garri.

Owena Press Limited (Publisher of The Hope Newspaper), Akure

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