COVID-19: Cleric, legal practitioner task Nigerians on sacrifices to curb spread


A legal practitioner and a cleric on Friday urged Nigerians to make the sacrifices needed to stop the spread of the  COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring total compliance with government directives.

They gave this advice in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. According to them, everybody must join hands to tackle the pandemic as nobody is exempted.

Pastor James Paul, of the Assemblies of God Church, Ayobo, said that this is the time for Nigerians to make sacrifices to save the nation from COVID-19 ravaging the world.

“The bible said we should obey people in authority as such the need to adhere to the instructions of the government.

“The government gave a directive to stay away from large gatherings for the safety of our lives while some religious leaders flouted the order. The bible says obedience is worst than witchcraft.

“Staying at home, closing of some markets, abandoning one’s jobs and others are part of the sacrifice we must make to save our lives, so we should comply in totality,” he said.

Paul urged the citizens to pray fervently to God to put an end to this plague all over the world.

Mr. Isaiah Ode, a legal practitioner, said that Nigerians should not see the partial lockdown in the country as a punishment, but a way to curb the virus.

“This is the sacrifice we must make to combat the spread of the virus.”

“The governments at all levels are doing all it will take to secure the lives of the citizens, so we need to cooperate with them by complying with the stipulated directives.

“The Federal Government has announced plans to ban inter-state travel and possibly close down motor parks in order to curtail the spread of the virus.

“It is a good idea and good development, the ban should take effect as fast as possible before things get out of hand.

“If we take the preventing measures, we do not need to panic,” he said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Thursday, March 26, confirmed 14 new cases, bringing the total number of those infected with COVID-19 in Nigeria to 65. (NAN)

– Mar. 27, 2020 @ 13:12 GMT |

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