Coronavirus: Ebonyi lifts ban on religious gatherings after CAN's appeal

Coronavirus: Ebonyi lifts ban on religious gatherings after CAN's appeal

- Ebonyi state government has lifted the ban on religious gatherings and activities in the state

- Governor Umahi said he decided to lift the ban after the passionate appeal by the leadership of CAN in the state

- The Ebonyi state governor, however, listed various conditions which the religious leaders must follow

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Ebonyi state government has lifted the ban on religious gatherings and activities in the state, effective from Friday, May 15.

Governor David Umahi said he decided to lift the ban following the passionate appeal made by the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), the Ebonyi state chapter.

The Sun reports that the governor's decision is contained in a statement signed by the commissioner for information and state orientation, Uchenna Orji.

The governor, however, gave strict conditions under which the religious activities must be conducted.

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Coronavirus: Ebonyi lifts ban on religious gatherings after CAN's appeal

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According to Governor Umahi, church services are only permitted on Sundays between 9am to 11am. Congregants must not exceed 500 and must observe two-metre distance from one another.

Also, Seventh Day Adventist and Muslim faithful are to observe their service on Saturday and Friday respectively from 9 am to 11 am; also once a week.

“Wearing of facemasks, washing of hands with running water and use of hand sanitizers must be strictly observed in all religious centres," the statement added.

Governor Umahi urged CAN to close down any religious gathering and arrest the principal of the worship centre that violates the recommended preventive measures.

He urged the religious leaders to use the opportunity to sensitive the public about the COVID-19 pandemic and for the state and the entire country.

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In a related development, the Borno state government has also suspended its lockdown directive indefinitely.

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The state government has also relaxed the ban on religious gatherings but called for strict guidelines on maintaining physical distancing in mosques and churches.

Legit.ng gathers, however, that the ban on Eid prayers are still in force.

Meanwhile, a Nigerian man has expressed dissatisfaction over the way the government is tackling coronavirus cases in the country.

The unidentified man said if the cases become more than what they are, a lot of Nigerians will be dying on the streets and the government will do nothing about it.

According to the man, Nigerian pastors are like Ronaldo, Messi and Okocha who are using their talents to enrich themselves. The man said there's nothing like the holy spirit in Nigeria.

He said he is sometimes afraid to call himself a Nigerian because nothing is working in the country.

The man said COVID-19 is a warning from God to humanity, adding that God wants people to move closer to him.

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