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Church to FG: Leave us with Covid-19 if you can’t protect us from bandits, kidnappers

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

A church leader has said that, if federal government cannot protect them and members from armed bandits, kidnappers and armed robbers, it should leave them alone with Covid-19 disease.

An Assistance Catholic Priest, Rev. Father Juel Usman, made the remarks on Sunday during sermon he delivered at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, Unguan Boro, in the Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna.

According to the priest, religious worship centres (churches and mosques) are the breeding places of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“People, who suppose to talk, don’t want to talk about it. I’ll continue to talk. I’ll not stop talking about it,” he said.

He said that the church would rather prefer Covid-19, than to die in the hands of bandits, kidnappers and armed robbers ravaging the country.

Earlier, Rev. Usman, who presided over the third Mass, threw the challenge on the congregation – as to whether they preferred bandits, kidnappers and armed robbers to Covid-19 – and got anticipated response.

He lamented that “Even, if we protect ourselves from Covid-19 diseases, there’s no guarantee that we’ll survive bandits, kidnappers and armed robbery attacks and killings.

Rev. Usman, who was wearing face-mask throughout the Mass cerebration, however, urged members to ensure they embarked on personal protective measures against the Covid-19, saying any member without face-mask will not be allowed entry into the church next Sunday.

While he cautioned against government’s planned lockdown, the priest appealed to members to comply with all Covid-19 protocols by wearing face-masks, wash hands regularly, sanitize and avoid clouded places where necessary.

He also appealed to women to cooperate and avoid anything that would put pressure on their husbands already preoccupied and troubled with many problems during Christmas, while begging children to shed-off “Christmas cloths” this year.

He lamented the recent invasion of the Government Science Secondary School in Katsina state and several others, kidnapping students.

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