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Primate Ndukuba urges systematic relaxation of lockdown

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Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba, has urged the Federal Government to gradually and systematically relax the lockdown in order to allow Churches and Mosques to reopen, saying the ongoing restriction is no longer sustainable.

He canvassed a Nigerian solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing that from all indications, management of coronavirus had shown that the country was capable of handling any complex situation.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja, Ndukuba, who implored government to give clear guidance on the way Churches and Mosques should operate when they reopen, noted that allowing them to start worshipping again would strengthen the people against the spiritual dimension to the COVID-19 battle, help Nigerians to return to their normal lives and function properly.

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The cleric argued that if the Nigeria Army would recognise that there was a spiritual dimension to warfare that made them to establish chaplaincy, even in the thick of battle, Christians and Muslims were also integrated into the battle to provide the spiritual dimension.

“I believe the Churches, Mosques and other religious organisations are part of the battle, hence the need for government to systematically see how they will allow them to return to normal activities in order to provide the spiritual dimension to the COVID-19 battle,” he said.

Ndukuba noted that the Anglican Church was working on guidelines that would be submitted to the Federal Government as requested from the Church, but added that ultimately, it is the government that would give religious bodies a clear guideline as to what was required and the Churches would comply.

Meanwhile, Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Reverend Alfred Adewale Martins has canvassed better synergy and understanding among adherents of the major religions in the country, particularly Christians and Muslims in order to build a more united and prosperous nation.

He said there was the need for more religious harmony to build bridges of love, peace and mutual respect for one another, stressing the need to eschew all negative tendencies capable of fuelling disaffection and acrimony among religious adherents in the country.

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