- Religious organisations are taking steps to adhere to the government's directive concerning the COVID-19 pandemic
- The Daystar Christian Centre has suspended physical gathering of service till further notice
- Senior pastors Sam and Nike Adeyemi say the church will now hold its services via its online platforms
Daystar Church has suspended physical gathering for service following a recent directive from the Lagos state government.
The government had announced the restriction of public gatherings for religious activities with more than 50 worshippers as a way to curtail the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria's megacity.
A statement signed by senior pastors of the church, Sam and Nike Adeyemi stated that from the weekend of March 21, Daystar Christian Centre will not hold a physical gathering for worshippers at any of our locations in Oregun, Lekki, Ikorodu and Badagry centres till further notice.
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The Daystar experience will henceforth hold online on Saturdays (6 pm), Sundays (7 am, 8.45 am, 10.30 am, 12.15 pm) and Wednesdays (6 pm) only on these platforms.
Part of the statement read: “We must avoid anxiety at this time, but rather pray as the scriptures admonish us in Philippians 4:6-7. God’s peace will keep our hearts and minds, His wisdom will guide us and His power will preserve us.
“Let us also pray for God to give creative wisdom to leaders, scientists and researchers for solutions that will preserve lives.”
In Abuja, the Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) has shut down its operations as a preventive measure to help curb the spread of coronavirus.
In a statement released on Wednesday, March 18, DRAC says it is suspending all activities and shutting down temporarily until the situation clarifies.
“This was further necessitated by the vulnerability of persons with disabilities who constitute the majority of our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries and who are not usually prioritized in emergency responses.
“This decision is even more crucial as our healthcare facilities are currently inaccessible to persons with disabilities, it would, therefore, be double jeopardy and almost fatality to expose them to risks that could land them in hospital,” part of the statement read.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum has set up a six-man sub-committee as part of measures to tackle the dreaded coronavirus.
The committee is headed by the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
Other members of the committee are governors of Edo, Godwin Obaseki; Ogun, Dapo Abiodun; Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu; Ebonyi, David Umayi; Nasarawa, Abdullahi Sule and Jigawa, Abubakar Badaru.
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