COVID-19: Churches may go back to total shutdown — Gov Wike

Nyesom Wike

By Chinyere Omeje

Because of non adherence to the strict COVID-19 rules by some churches in Rivers state, they may face another shutdown, Governor Nyesom Wike has warned.

The Governor described the actions of the churches as flagrant disobedience of the protocol guiding against the spread of the pandemic.

In the statement signed by Kelvin Ebiri, special aide to the governor on media, Wike said his government will soon be left with no option than to put a restriction on the number of people entering the church at a time.

At the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Mile 2 Diobu, in Port Harcourt local government area, during Chief Azubuike Nmerukini’s family special thanksgiving service, Wike lamented that over 80% of the member are not with their face masks.

He said: “Eighty-five per cent of those who are here are not wearing a facemask. That is the problem we have. Nobody wants to obey simple instructions.

“The mere fact that we have agreed that we should worship and allowed everybody does not mean that we should disobey the protocol.
“My lord Bishop, encourage our people to wear their face mask. It is very important. If this continues then I will go back and review the restriction to say it cannot be more than a particular number.”

Wike also expressed thanks to God for the healing of Dame Oroma Nmerukini, who he described as a sister and mother.

The Bishop of the diocese of Niger Delta, Right Rev. Wisdom Ihunwo, had, during his sermon, admonished the congregation to discard the habit of bemoaning what they lack.

He pleaded with them to believe fervently in God, pray to Him and learn to live a life of thanksgiving.

He also noted that when God touches any situation, it will change for good. He illustrated this using the case of Dame Nmerukini who had received a touch of healing from God.

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