Inauguration: Nigerians are losing hopes, feeling helpless – Onaiyekan

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The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has raised alarm that Nigeria is at the brink of chaos, with citizenry becoming poorer, feeling helpless and losing hopes, due to the current situation in the country.

Oniayekan, who gave the message titled ‘Let us choose life, not death (Deuteronomy 30:19)’ during the ongoing presidential inauguration interdenominational church service at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, called for spiritual reflection for the peace and prosperity of the nation.

Among those in attendance are the Vice President and his wife, Mrs Dolapo Osinabjo, and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

He said, “The last election left thick clouds of acrimony that have yet to clear. This is no time for celebration of victory or defeat (of political opponents). Rather, it is time to pull our efforts together to tackle the serious challenges before us.

“For positive change to take place, we must all be ready for a sincere change of heart from the highest to the lowest level but especially at the highest level. Bare-faced boasts and empty denials cannot build the nation.

“The Lord Jesus tells us that the truth will set us free. Our nation is not in a state to rejoice. Such wide socio-economic disparity has led to widespread anger, tension and outright criminality in the land. All is not well. But all is not lost.”

According to the cardinal, as Nigerians embrace a new term of government, it should be a time to change habits of governance.

Onaiyekan stated, “Our ethnic diversity is God’s will and God’s gift that we ought to celebrate. In our emerging global world, we should be building on our long experience of living together along ethnic lines.

“Many are abandoning faith in God at great costs to humanity now and in the future. If this is to translate into a righteous nation, we must all seek the will of God for true human relations.

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According to data released separately by Australia’s six states and two territories, at least 228 people have already been killed by the flu and more than 100,000 have been infected compared to only 58,824 in 2018.

“We’re having one of our worst seasons so far… we expect the peak will come between July and September,” Richard Kidd, chair of the Australian Medical Association Council of General Practice, told the Australian Associated Press on Saturday (June 29).

“Influenza is nothing like the common cold. It’s serious and can be lethal.”

More than 100 deaths and 49,000 cases have been reported in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, Australia’s two biggest states, since January alone.

In South Australia, where the population is approximately one-quarter of the size of Victoria, there have been 18,500 confirmed cases of influenza and 44 deaths.

The outbreak is happening despite more than 11 million people having being vaccinated against the virus under a programme subsidised by the government.

James Day, a 43-year-old Victorian man, had the vaccination but died from the flu only one week after being diagnosed, leaving behind a wife and a young son.

 

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