Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, on Friday, May 22, 2020, received His Excellency, Mr. Marek Skolil, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Nigeria, who was accompanied by Political Attaché Mrs. Marie Nwanyanwu to discuss possible ways of trimming down unrest caused by the deadly coronavirus in the country.
The visit was predominantly to discuss a collective effort from both sides to address the prevailing challenges in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
A report filed by Rev Fr John Ilonah says “In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, they exchanged views and discussed ways of collaboration to address existing challenges especially in the periphery of the FCT”.
Mr. Marek Skolil also plays ambassadorial roles to nine other countries-Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Benin, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Chad, Niger, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, paid a visit to the Secretary to the Federal Government to solidarize with the government and citizens of Nigeria and offer their support to the government in the fight against the deadly coronavirus.
The Bishops’ Conference sent a delegation led by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, Archbishop of Abuja, who also acknowledged the excellent efforts of the Buhari led administration in containing the deadly coronavirus.
The Prelate on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference indicated that the Catholic Church in Nigeria has granted the government full access to all 435 Catholic hospitals and clinics in Nigeria to help battle the pandemic.
The prelates also made available the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria’s national Health Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Okechukwu, a veteran public health specialist who would be readily available to offer his expertise at their committee level and as well act as the liaison person to the Catholic Health facilities in the country.
On the part of the Secretary to the Federal Government, he expressed his gratitude to the Bishops for standing by the nation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
He further urged the Church to help in disseminating the message of personal hygiene and compliance with Government directives and assured the Bishops’ Conference that his committee would discuss the meaningful solidarity expressed by them and incorporate the offer in its programs.
COVID-19 Situation in Nigeria
The country’s current recorded cases on Monday, May 25 stand at 7,839 cases with 226 deaths.
Source: ADM NEWS