By Stephen Adeleye.
Bishop (Dr) John Ibenu, the Kogi State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has commended Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi for lifting the ban placed on religious activities in the state.
The Kogi Government had earlier on Thursday (today) lifted the ban placed fortnight ago on all religious congregations across the state, as part of preventive measures to contain the outbreak and spread of the dread coronavirus in the state.
Ibenu in an interview with our Correspondent in Lokoja, commended the governor for and his able team for their excellent understanding in lifting the ban on the religious group to gather to worship and pray.
”I want to assure the government that we are working hand in hand with them to ensure that the safety and heatlh of every member of the public.
”I want to let Christians and general public know that our government has acted in a very proactive way to save life by making sure that nobody get sick or die from this Covid-19 issue,” Ibenu said.
The bishop urged the people to maintain social distancing in their various worship centres or in any social gathering, stressing that the virus is real.
He enjoined the religious leaders to make available hand washing materials and sanitisers in their various worship centres, saying all these measures were for the safety of life.
He prayed that no family and congregation would lose any member to the dreaded coronavirus, while assuring the government that the church would continue to pray for God’s divine intervention in the state.
”The battle is not over yet, we must continue to fight it until there is a zero case is recorded in Nigeria,” he said.
In the same vein, Pastor Dapo Olumuyiwa, the State Pastor of Living Faith Church (LFC) Lokongoma, Lokoja, said it was a welcome development and commended the state government for taking the bold spiritual step.
According to him, we know that everything in the physical has their root in the spiritual.
”As the political authorities are taking steps to stem the spread of this COVID-19, the doctors and other medical personnels with scientists working to profer solutions from their fields of specialities.
”it is also reasonable that some of us in the priesthood call on God to intervene in our affairs.
”At the end of the day, we have multiple dimensional attacks against this common enemy called COVID-19. The end result is that we would rejoice together and our nation will move forward,” the Cleric said.