The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to the limitation of religious gatherings to 50 percent capacity by the Federal Government.
www.tracknews.ng reports that the Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had announced that religious gatherings will be reduced to 50 percent capacity.
In a statement on Thursday in Abuja, Mustapha directed that the restriction must be adhered to with full compliance to public health measures.
He stated that there has been reduced compliance to public health social measures which has led to increased COVID-19 cases in the country.
Mustapha, however, added that it may be forced to introduce more restrictions should there be an increase in cases.
Reacting to the new directive, Spokesman for the CAN President, Rev. Adebayo Oladeji, faulted the limitation of religious and social gatherings.
He wondered why such directives were always issued during Christian holidays, asking the government to enforce the COVID-19 protocols in other public places.
Oladeji, however, asked Christians to comply with the protocols listed by the government.
He said: “Earlier in a statement, we asked all Christians to observe the COVID-19 protocols. But it is very unfortunate that they always bear their fangs during Christmas. That is when they always remember the need to enforce COVID-19 protocols.
“Nobody is enforcing anything in the markets. If you go to the banks, you will see crowds. Even if you go to the airports, you will see crowds. There is no social distancing. I was at the international airport two weeks ago. People were standing. There is no social distancing.”
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