by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna state, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, has said its members should not express regret for the 75 days’ restriction and hardship experienced during lockdown over Covid-19, saying, “it actually helped to reduce the number of persons infected in Kaduna State.”
Rev. Hayab, who made the statement in a release issued and personally signed by himself on Wednesday in Kaduna, said “We know that people have stayed under restrictions for about 75 days.
“While thanking El-Rufai for reopening the state, Hayab said “During the period, many experienced hardships, but it should not be a regrettable experience because it actually helped to reduce the number of persons infected, and we recorded a lower deaths rate in our dear state.
While he equally thanked those, who obeyed government and health professionals’ guidelines to help stop the spread of the virus during the 75 days lockdown, Hayab said “Now that we have been allowed to resume partial normal life activities, especially resuming church gatherings, CAN Kaduna State appeals to all faithful and the general public to show good and godly examples.
“The Bible says to ‘let our light shone that all may see and give glory to God.’ Accordingly, our people should not be carried away with the joy of lifting the restriction of movement and totally forget health matters, for it is only when there is a life that we can worship and do our businesses.
“All worshippers should come with their face-masks on during worship services. Churches should help to provide face-masks for those, who do not have and cannot afford.
“Adequate provision of hand sanitizers or hand-washing materials should be made available in our homes and churches during our worship services.
“We should maintain good hygiene at all times and observe physical distancing in our seating arrangements. Worshippers are to seat two meters away from one another.
“Let’s make good use of our members, who are medical workers, for proper use of Infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of every worshipper.
“Our Governor has challenged us to take personal responsibility. Therefore, CAN also appeals to all to take this personal responsibility challenge seriously.
“Together we will stop the spread of this virus and, eventually, defeat the virus. We must continue to offer prayers for those, who are infected by the virus and those in the frontline working day-and-night, to attend to us about this pandemic.
“Let us together continue to monitor the development and not be complacent. May we all Stay Protected, Stay Safe and Stay Alive, in Jesus’ name,” he stated.