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Kaduna CAN backs Islamic leaders on calls to relax lockdown

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State Chapter, has backed the call made by the Kaduna State Chapter of the Council of Imams and Ulamas on the state government to relax the COVID-19 lockdown curfew imposed in the state.

The Council of the Imams and Ulamas had issued a statement by its chairman, Shaykh Ibrahim Nakaka, calling for a gradual relaxation of the COVID-19 imposed lockdown in the state.

Accordingly, Kaduna State’s Chairman of CAN, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, while supporting the call by the Council of Ulamas when responding to newsmen on the view of CAN about the matter and the way forward on the COVID-19 lockdown, said that “The Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State Chapter appreciates the tireless efforts of the state government.

“CAN, however, appreciated the State Standing Committee on COVID-19 headed by the state’s Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarebe, for all that has been done to ensure that the spread of the deadly disease is curtailed. 

“Therefore, CAN wants to make use of this medium to express gratitude to God for healing our governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, and others in the state from Coronavirus.

“Two, we thank the Church and law-abiding citizens of the state for their understanding in abiding with government and health workers’ directives at this trying moment in the history of man’s existence in the surface of the earth, on how to curb the pandemic. 

“We do pray that God Almighty will grant others that are going through various processes of treatment and deliver the state, Nigeria and the entire world from the pandemic,” he stated.

Rev. Hayab further noted that since the COVID-19 lockdown, the state government through the State Standing Committee has recommended proper steps to be taken towards finding a lasting solution to the spread of the pandemic.

He added that “The state government on its part has performed credibly well through the combined efforts of health experts, security agencies, religious leaders, NGOs and all stakeholders to the level the state has found itself regarding the pandemic. These efforts were good and the best all human can do.

“The state government through the recommendations of the State Standing Committee had made Tuesday and Wednesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and now the state is making Wednesday and Thursday as two days for relaxing the restriction for citizens to be able to shop for what to eat,” he added.

“Meanwhile, since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country and, in Kaduna State in particular, the state chapter of CAN has solidly stood behind the state government in its policies aimed at curbing the spread of the disease, especially the restriction of holding Church services, Church weddings, large gatherings, supporting the wearing of a mask, washing of hands, the usage of sanitizers, staying at home, among other measures aimed at aiding us to stay safe.”

However, the state CAN chairman said that after careful consideration of government’s efforts on the days suitable for relaxing the restriction of movement, it suggested to the government that in her next adjustment of days for relaxing the lockdown it should consider Fridays and Sundays to relax the restriction of movement to enable both Muslims and Christians to worship in Mosques and Churches.

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