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Martins urges infected Nigerian leaders to emulate Boris Johnson

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Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Reverend Alfred Adewale Martins, has admonished Nigerians leaders who may have been infected by coronavirus to emulate Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Boris Johnson.

He said when Johnson tested positive for COVID-19, he went to the hospital around his domain and was successfully treated, insisting that Nigerian government officials should emulate such courage.

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Martins gave the charge at a media briefing organised by the Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos at Holy Cross Cathedral Hall, ahead of 2020 edition of the World Day of Communications slated for Sunday, May 24, 2020.

He said it was a day Pope Francis set aside every year to celebrate with media practitioners globally and to encourage them in their role of helping to build a better world.

The cleric commended the Federal and Lagos State governments for the prompt response immediately COVID-19 was discovered in the country, pointing out that the situation proved that the state of the nation’s health delivery was far below average.

He said, “Theme of the Pope’s message for the year, “That You May Tell Your Children And Grandchildren Life Becomes History,” taken from Exodus 10:2 is premised on the need for the media to publish stories that would not promote prejudice, conflict, hatred and create divisions.

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“According to Pope Francis, stories that do not promote virtues and values are called deep fake news, while popular stories create celebrities and heroes, but the question is, what type of celebrities and heroes are we projecting?

He added that Pope Francis cautioned against promoting social vices being on social media, thereby giving the world bad heroes

In the Pope’s words, “The media should rather promote different kinds of scriptural stories of God’s love that made Him to create man in His image, of Jesus Christ, His Son, whom He gave to the world and the miracles of Jesus, among others,” he said.

Martins also urged the Federal Government not to stop the giving palliatives to Nigerians because most people were in need, adding that the lockdown had worsened the nation’s economy and assured Nigerians that COVID-19 would soon end.

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