- CAN has hailed Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai for lifting the restrictions on religious gathering
- This was made known by the chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of the Christian body, Rev. John Joseph Hayab
- The chairman appealed to the people to show godly examples now that normal activities are allowed
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has been hailed by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for allowing places of worship to reopen after 75 days of lifting the partial lockdown.
According to Daily Trust, the Kaduna state chapter of the apex Christian body commended El-Rufai and the State Standing Committee on Covid-19 noting that the imposed lockdown helped to reduce the number of infected persons and death rate in the state.
In a statement, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, the Kaduna state CAN chairman appealed to all Christians and members of the public to show good and godly examples now that partial life activities have been allowed especially resuming church gatherings.
Hayab while appreciating those who obeyed government and guidelines to help stop the spread of the virus, warned that people should not get carried away with the eased lockdown and forget health matters.
He said: “CAN is therefore, calling on all Pastors and Church Elders to give Godly and wise leadership at this delicate time. Churches must continue to observe all protocols and guidelines that have been laid down by the Government and NCDC.”
The chairman directed that all worshipers wear face masks when going for a gathering and churches to provide adequate hand sanitizers or handwashing materials during worship services.
“We should maintain good hygiene at all times and observe physical distancing in our seating arrangements. “Worshipers are to seat two meters away from one another,” he added.
Recall that the Kaduna government on Tuesday, June 9, lifted the partial lockdown in the state. This was announced by Governor El Rufai in a statewide broadcast on the next steps for the COVID-19 containment efforts by his administration.
The governor announced that a significant reopening of the state will begin from Wednesday, June 10. He said some measures will be in place until Tuesday, June 30.
In other news, Governor El-Rufai has reacted to claims that some state governors are reducing the number of COVID-19 samples sent to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The governor said such a claim might be "partly right". The governor was responding to a tweet by one Jibrin Ibrahim who picked holes in the COVID-19 numbers released by NCDC every evening.
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