“The ranks of the poor are swelling by the day, hopeless and helpless”-Cardinal John Onaiyekan

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, during the inter-denominational church service for the 2019 presidential inauguration ceremony held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, on Sunday, lamented the increasing poverty and hopelessness in the country.

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The renowned cleric said, it was disturbing that the rich were “cruising in a different world”, while the poor were dying of frustration.

He said,” The truth is that our nation is not in a state for us to rejoice. The ranks of the poor are swelling by the day, hopeless and helpless, as they watch in frustration the affluence of the very few cruising in a different world. Such wide socio-economic disparity has led to anger, tension, violence and outright criminality in the land. All is not well. But all is not lost either.”

He advised that the Buhari presidency must in its second term address the plight of the poor, as a matter of urgency.

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