- Presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, has reacted to the new restrictions announced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19
- Onochie said the restrictions are aimed at saving lives and not in any way targetted at churches and pastors
- The presidential aide added that the restriction was not put in place to block Nigerians from celebrating Christmas, noting that COVID-19 is a matter of life and death
Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari's aide on social media, has said the new COVID-19 restrictions announced by the federal government, especially the one on religious gatherings, is in no way an attempt to deny churches of offerings and tithes.
Recall that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday, December 21, placed a limit on the number of persons allowed at religious gatherings and others.
Reacting to the announcement via a thread of tweets on Tuesday, December 22, Onochie said the task force's decision “is a matter of life and death.”
"This is not an evil government trying to take the joy off of Christmas. It's a matter of life and death.
"It's not a way of denying church leaders their offerings and tithes. It's a matter of life and death."
The presidential aide added that the government took the decision to save lives and not to deny Nigerians the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with their families and loved ones.
She further tweeted:
"Its not the government denying us the opportunity of seeing our families whom we have not seen for a while. It's a matter of life and death.
"This is not about Islam Versus Christianity. Corona virus has no religion. Its a matter of life and death"
Onochie also noted that the novel coronavirus disease does not show bias and does not favour northerners or southerners.
She reiterated that the restrictions are aimed at keeping Nigerians safe and not targeted at Christmas.
The tweet reads:
"Corona virus doesnt show bias. It doesnt favour northerners nor southerners. It's a matter of life and death.
"The restrictions are not targeted at Xmas. They are aimed at keeping us Safe so we can celebrate many more yrs of Xmas in the future. It's a matter of life and death"
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu warned Lagos residents to comply with COVID-19 protocols, noting that the state, Nigeria's economic nerve centre, cannot afford another lockdown.
The Lagos state governor made this known in a statement on Friday, December 18.
Governor Sanwo-Olu's statement follows the spike in the cases of COVID-19 in Lagos and other states in Nigeria.
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