Olumakaiye appreciates government’s effort to end COVID-19
* Calls on Nigerians to turn to God for solution
Bishop and Missioner, the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye has commended government at all levels for being proactive in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
He also hailed frontline health workers who took pains to stand in the gap for the country to combat the pandemic.
Olumakaiye gave thanks to God for the resumption of Church services and reminded Nigerians that the Almighty remains the hope of everyman.
He pointed out that where every effort fails, the Supreme God cannot and can never fail.
The cleric in a release disclosed that in the Church is God’s Holy Altar where the body of Christ, the Redeemer and His Blood in the name of Holy Communion is taken which has the power to defy any virus, sickness or disease.
“Jesus took our infirmities on the cross which include sickness, diseases among others and carried our sorrows and by this, He has destroyed the power of sicknesses and diseases.
“However, in obedience to all laid down protocols of wearing of nose masks, regular washing of hand, physical distancing and so on, our Churches have made adequate preparations. In all these, the joy of the Lord is our strength and this is what we will be spreading and not any virus,” he said.
He reminded Nigerians that while everyone is anxious for total eradication of the pandemic, the hope should not be based on vaccines but on the promise of God which he conveyed to Solomon in the Holy Scriptures that “when I shut the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”
Olumakaiye noted that prayers backed by faith rather than fear is what Nigerians need to practice because what God promised Solomon is what He is promising Nigerians today.
He called on Churches, now that worshippers are coming together to be humble and keep up their faith and key into the promises of God to Solomon, stressing that this pandemic would soon be a thing of the past.
He added that what God did before, He can do again and again.
The cleric called on all who are yet to believe in God and Jesus who shed His blood for the sins and healing of mankind to turn away from their wicked ways and fully turn to Jesus Christ with their whole heart, reminding them that those who were casualties of the virus and never survived have no opportunity of repentance or amendment again.