Coronavirus: NCDC urges Nigerians to stay home as they celebrate Easter

Coronavirus: NCDC urges Nigerians to stay home as they celebrate Easter

- NCDC has called on Nigerians to continue staying at home

- According to the agency, this will go a long way in curbing the outbreak of coronavirus

- Meanwhile, NCDC commended Church leaders nationwide for taking responsibility in the effort to curb COVID-19 spread

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has urged Nigerians to continue to comply with federal government directive by staying at home as they celebrate Easter.

Ihekweazu said that staying at home was necessary to contain coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, while giving an update on COVID-19, in Abuja on Sunday.

According to him, the pandemic is a global issue and not unique to Nigeria and many across the globe would have loved to celebrate Easter by visiting family and friends,.

”However, this year, it’s different for all of us.

“The health and safety of all Nigerians must be the first priority, especially right now.

”Christians should observe, the most holiest of days in the Christian calendar, the day Jesus Christ resurrected after his death by crucifixion, but, within the confines of their homes.

“Because the virus is spread mainly through respiratory droplets exchanged from person to person, keeping people away from one another and avoiding mass gatherings altogether, is one of the most fail-safe ways to help stop the spread.

”Holding services digitally and live streaming the Easter message through various platforms, is necessary to reinforce the message of love and sacrifice which is what Easter is about,” he said.

Ihekweazu commended Church leaders nationwide for taking responsibility in the effort to curb COVID-19 spread and leveraging on technology to reach and continue to encourage their congregation in the difficult times.

Meanwhile, had reported that Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has shown Nigerians that he is a leader that leads by example by joining the rest of the Christians in lockdown around the world in observing the Easter Sunday service from home.

Sanwo-Olu shared a post on Twitter to show Nigerians how he was celebrating Easter. He noted that he and his wife worshipped online for the celebration.

In his tweet, the governor said they prayed for their family, Lagos state, and Nigeria. The governor also shared a piece of advice.

According to him, Easter offers people the opportunity to rethink their relationships as individuals, as communities, and as a nation.

PAY ATTENTION: Read best news on Nigeria's #1 news app had also reported that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome recently reacted to the move by some state governors to temporarily relax the lockdown law so that some churches can celebrate Easter.

During his preaching on Friday, April 10, the cleric said that a church is not a place of infection but where people come to get blessed. He, therefore, prayed against anything that makes people come into the church and get infected with diseases.

“Churches are not a place of infections, they are a place of blessings… I decree and declare that every church is a place of blessing in that might name of Jesus,” he prayed.

He said: “You know the best thing in any government is to always leave the church alone… It’s always the best thing, the wisest leaders understand that, they leave the church alone. But when you trouble the church, there is a scripture.” ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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