CAN warns churches against complacency about COVID-19
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, has warned churches in the state not to be complacent about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as the pandemic is on the increase.
CAN officials in the state urged churches to ensure that members observe COVID-19 protocols to avoid another lockdown by government or further spread of the disease.
The chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab, commended the state and federal governments for efforts to stop the spread of the deadly pandemic.
Hayab said, “CAN has observed that the number of infected persons is increasing in our state and all over the country. It is in view of these developments that we are again appealing to religious leaders to intensify their preaching and educating followers to obey every measure to curb the spread of the pandemic.”
According to him, since the government and the health workers alone cannot do it; if citizens become complacent and allow this virus to spread, it will be disastrous to all.
He remarked: “Accordingly, no religious leader should be in any denial that this virus is real. Faith leaders and worshippers must not abuse the easing of the lockdown and the freedom we have to meet at our worship centres; instead, we should use it judiciously to preach, sensitise and encourage all faithful to obey all the protocols anywhere they find themselves.
“The war against COVID-19 is not yet over, and nobody should treat this matter with levity. Our prayers will not be complete without obedience to the laid-down protocols aimed at safeguarding our health.”
He urged everyone to play their roles patiently, making more sacrifices for mankind to get out of the COVID-19 challenge.
“Church leaders should be seen doing what is right and leading followers to do same,” he added.
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