COVID-19 Guidelines: Malady Of Religious Gathering

August 31, 2020
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Coronavirus (Covid-19 ) which broke out in Wuhan China, late last year, has since been pronounce as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, (WHO). Covid -19 has affected almost every aspect of human endeavours. Many lives have been lost worldwide and the world economy has been brought to a halt by the dreaded virus, following the total global lockdown.

While the lockdown process was gradually being eased in Nigeria, the religious leaders too had agitated for the reopening of worship centers after it was shutdown for over three months by the president. However the Presidential Task Force (PTF) which is being chaired by the Secretary to the government of the federation, Mr Boss Musterpha, had issued guidelines for the reopening of worship centers which include washing of hands before entering any worship facility, wearing of face mask, observing social distancing, one hour duration of service amongst others.

During our visit to some of these worship centers within the FCT and its environs, it was observed that these guidelines have not been religiously followed by most worship centers and their followers. While some adhere strictly to washing of hands before entering the worship premises on one hand, wearing of face ask and observing social distancing were totally disregarded on the other hand.

Our religious bodies ( Christianity and Islam ) must come to terms with the fact that the old way of living is gradually giving way to the new way. The world like we know it has changed and will remain so for a long time. To stop the spread of this dreaded virus, these guidelines as issued by the PTF must be strictly obeyed.

4…. Group of Muslim coming out of the National Mosque after the Kumar prayers in Abuja 21/08/2020
The Chief Imam of Shehu Shagari Juma’ah Mosque Area 1 Abuja, Malam Rabiu Suleiman (middle), leading the funeral prayers of the late Malam Wada Maida, Chairman Board of Directors, Peoples Media Limited (PML), who died Monday Night Gudu Cemetery in Abuja on 18-08-2020
14… Cross section of members of Deeper Life Bible church youth workers at a planning meeting toward the National Youth Success Camp (NYSC) at the Gwagwa region headquarters in Abuja 23/082020.

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16… Members of Living Faith church trooping out of the worship center after the worship service at the Kubwa branch in Abuja 23/08/2020
16… Members of Living Faith church trooping out of the worship center after the worship service at the Kubwa branch in Abuja 23/08/2020
10.-Christian Worshipers at the closing of the CAN protest/Indoor prayer at ECWA Good News Church Narayi,Kaduna on 23/08/2020
15..Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam (middle); Chairman Pentecostal Bishop forum 19 Northern State including FCT, Archbishop John Praise (6th left); Bishop Hope Praise (6th right) and other religious leaders during their  visit to NCPC Corporate Headquarters in Abuja on11/08/2020
20.Some members of God’s Chosen Christian Assembly at a wake keep / Service of Song of one of their late member in Bwari, in Abuja on 20/082020
Group of Muslims faithful observing the Ju’mat prayer by the road side at the National central Mosque in Abuja on 21/08/2020

Worshipers of the St Luke Catholic Church Gwagwalada, coming our of the church premises after Sunday mass in Abuja yesterday on 23/08/2020

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