- Churches in Rivers state will be made to embark on another shutdown or a review of number of congregants, Governor Nyesom Wike says
- Wike frowns at the alleged 'flagrant' disregard for the COVID-19 rules in the state
- In a church programme he attended on Sunday, November 1, Wike noted that 85% of the people did not wear facemasks
Churches in Rivers state could face another shutdown following their alleged refusal to adhere to strict COVID-19 rules, Governor Nyesom Wike has warned.
The governor said this in a statement describing the actions of the churches as flagrant disobedience of the protocol guiding against the spread of the pandemic.
In the statement signed by Kelvin Ebiri, special assistant to the governor on media, Wike said his government would soon have no option than to ensure the restriction on number of congregants is reviewed.
Speaking at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Mile 2 Diobu, in Port Harcourt local government area, during Chief Azubuike Nmerukini’s family special thanksgiving service, Wike lamented that during the service, more than 80 per cent of the worshippers did not wear facemasks.
"Eighty-five per cent of those who are here are not wearing a facemask. That is the problem we have. Nobody wants to obey simple instructions.
"The mere fact that we have agreed that we should worship and allowed everybody does not mean that we should disobey the protocol.
"My lord Bishop, encourage our people to wear their face mask. It is very important. If this continues then I will go back and review the restriction to say it cannot be more than a particular number."
Wike also expressed thanks to God for the healing of Dame Oroma Nmerukini who he described as a sister and mother.
The bishop of the diocese of Niger Delta, Right Reverend Wisdom Ihunwo, had, during his sermon, admonished the congregation to discard the habit of bemoaning what they lack.
He pleaded with them to believe fervently in God, pray to Him and learn to live a life of thanksgiving.
He also noted that when God touches any situation, it will change for good. He illustrated this using the case of Dame Nmerukini who had received a touch of healing from God.
Speaking during the service, Dame Nmerukini expressed thanks to friends and family members who offered prayers and other levels of support.
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