From Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja
Christians on Sunday latched into prayers, looking for God’s assist to cease the unfold of the virus.
It was the ultimate day of the three-day prayer and fasting organized by the Nigeria Inter-Non secular Council (NIREC).
Chairman of the Presidential Process Drive on COVID-19 Management Boss Mustapha attended the service in Abuja.
It was with the theme: “O Lord, heal our land of COVID-19 Pandemic”.
Mustapha known as on the leaders of the church to all the time educate their congregation the reality in regards to the pandemic and the way they’ll keep secure for his or her households and communities, including that: “COVID-19 is actual”.
Mustapha who’s Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation (SGF) mentioned the pandemic had come to remain.
He mentioned: “you probably have no enterprise going out, keep at residence, it’s scriptural and I’ll undertone this with a citation for Proverbs 14:16 the place the bible says the Sensible are cautious and keep away from hazard, fools plonks forward with reckless confidence. And I see quite a lot of Christians exhibiting reckless confidence and the Bible describes them as fools.
“Keep at residence in the event you don’t have enterprise going out, that’s the most secure place you could have, you probably have each real purpose to exit, as obligatory, put on a face masks.
“There isn’t any vaccine and no treatment perception. For the scientists which might be concerned within the analysis, the time-frame they’ve given for vaccine to be on the desk for individuals to accumulate is between 18 months and two years. So COVID-19 has come to stick with us. The one factor you could have is to stick to tips and protocols.
“In case your nostril and your mouth will not be lined, you aren’t sporting a masks. Put on your masks correctly. Truthfully, it isn’t that it is a service that was designed to wish unto God, I gained’t come to this gathering. I’ve a purpose to guard my household, pal, family members. This pandemic has confused your complete world. It has destroyed the economic system. So what makes you assume that it can not overwhelm us?
“My admonition to the church is that we should not exhibit recklessness and inform our individuals the reality and ask them to do the right issues in order that they’ll keep secure for his or her households, communities and for the physique of Christ”.
Mustapha mentioned the nationwide response that the federal government has put in place was meant to guard Nigerians.
“It’s not designed to afflict us. Each step we’ve taken as a presidential job drive has been meant to supply for the great and welfare of the residents”, he added.
Delivering his message, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama, mentioned: “as Christians, even in robust and difficult occasions we should always know that God is in cost and than our ideas.
“Within the wake of disasters or grave hazard, the tendency is to wish feverishly however as quickly because it passes, we retum to floor zero of prayer.
“Clearly, it is a basic case of panic spirituality; we should not run to God solely when within the face of hazard. God offers us 168 hours per week; 1440 minutes a day, how a lot time will we spend in dialog with Him? But we spend way more time watching tv, talking to pals on the cellphone or interact in social media actions.
“Social distancing doesn’t imply distance from God or to come back to Him solely when there’s “fireplace on the mountain”, Neither does it imply that we pray a lot to God whom we can not see, however neglect to do good to the neighbours we see.
The Government Secretary of NIREC, Reverend Cornelius Omonokhua famous that the interdenominational prayers aligned with the obligation of NIREC to assist the efforts of the Federal Authorities.
Common Secretary of the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN), Joseph Daramola urged the PTF to assessment and improve the timing of worship, including that the one hour that was given shouldn’t be sufficient.
He admonished Christians to stick to authorities protocols on COVID-19 and all the time pray irrespective of the state of affairs for God to proceed to intervain and put an finish to COVID-19.
Many non secular leaders led prayer classes towards the pandemic and for peace within the nation.