By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI â€”The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr. Anthony Obinna, has expressed worryÂ that a large percentage of Nigerians are still wallowing in abject poverty in the midst of plenty.
Dr. Obinna, who made the observation in his sermon at Pontifical sung mass at Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri, to mark the nationâ€™s 49th independence anniversary, said â€œthis is a country filled with abundant human and material resources but at 49, a lot of us are still wallowing in abject poverty and disease.
At 49, bribery, corruption, armed robbery, kidnapping and other serious crimes are still on the increaseâ€, he said.
He lamented that some people in positions of authority are feeding fat from the gross inadequacies of the nationâ€™s policies and programmes, adding that there are some people who are happy over the long strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
Obinna warned that â€œthe nationâ€™s youngsters are increasingly getting angry, frustrated, despondent and aggressiveâ€, adding that â€œwe need to stop this madness and hatred among usâ€.