Nigerian Churches have decided to ignore all the basic precautions attached to coronavirus to avoid contacting the virus,
“leave the Protection Of Worshippers In ‘Hands Of the Holy Spirit’
During a random visit to major churches in some Nigerian cities on Sunday which includes populated cities like, Lagos, Abuja and Jos, Plateau State.
It was observed that basic precautions that was advised by the ministry of health to be taken to avoid contacting the disease was actually missing in the above states mentioned, and it is also surprising that such precautions will be ignored by them.
Despite the fact that this virus has caused major events to be cancelled, religious programmes were not left out of the cancellations. safety and precautionary measures were also being improved and taken to avoid serious outbreak.
following the outbreak of Coronavirus, nigerian churches, carried on with their daily businesses as usual with nothing changing, claiming that the ‘holy spirit’ is in control and they dont need to take any safety precautions.
Not too long, A yet to be identified Italian had flown in with the deadly virus into Nigeria on February 24, 2020, he came in contact with several persons in Lagos and also a company in ogun state thereby increasing the chances of spreading the disease in the country and making the people vulnerable to the disease.
Due to the above situation, Nigeria’s Ministry of Health critically advised individuals and organisations to embrace a number of serious hygiene measures including the regular washing of hands with soap and water, applying alcohol-based hand sanitisers, avoiding places lacking proper ventilation, wearing nose masks in crowded places,avoid crowded place, staying at home when you’re feeling sick. in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Christian Association of Nigeria in a statement earlier, supported the major taken by the ministry of health by ordering all churches to embrace all safety precautions as possible to prevent spreading the virus.
However, during the visits to popular major churches in some Nigerian cities on Sunday which includes Lagos, Abuja and Jos, Plateau State. It was surprising to see that the churches in those cities have critically paid deaf to the safety precautions earlier admonished by the ministry of health to avoid spreading the virus.
Taking a look, at the headquarters of Love World Christian Centre popularly known as Christ Embassy in Oregun, Lagos, it was observed how members hugged and shook hands with each other without applying any of the protective measures advised by health experts.
Though there were two giant metal detectors stationed at the entry and exit points of the church, there was no hand sanitiser whatsoever despite moving round the facility for several minutes.
However, at Daystar Christian Centre on Ikosi Road, Oregun, Lagos, it was observed that safety measures had been taken by the church as a hand sanitiser dispenser had been placed at the entrance of the auditorium.
Ushers were seen reminding and encouraging worshippers to disinfect their hands before going into the auditorium for Sunday service.
But then, at the Latter House Christian Center in Jos, Plateau State, worshippers were observed hugging and shaking hands freely with no caution and no protective item was seen anywhere around them.
A pastor in the church, Sarah Amana, told correspondents that the ‘Holy Communion’ served to members was enough protection against any type of virus.
She added that, “There’s nothing like hand sanitisers here before one enters the church. Nothing has changed, we still give communion the same way.
“We are not afraid of any virus, the Holy Communion is enough. a member of the church named Nangi Aaron told correspondent that things had been going on as usual at the place despite Coronavirus being imported into the country.
She said, “It’s been the way it used to be, nothing has changed. There are no hand sanitisers in the church.”
At St. Stevens Church in Bukuru, another part of Jos, where basic precautionary items were missing, members expressed belief that the ‘Holy Spirit’ had their backs against Coronavirus or any other type of diseases.
Micheal Kawu, a chorister in the church, said, “As much as we want to be careful, our trust is in God.
“We know that He will always put the mark of exemption on His own. We are confident that He will see us through just like He did when Ebola came into the country.”
That was the same story in churches visited in Abuja by one of our correspondents on Sunday.