The Ondo State Authorities has reiterated that it’s going to not hesitate to sanction any pastor or church that may defile its directive as regards the ban on crossover service within the state.
The State Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 whereas reacting to directive by the Chairman, Christian Affiliation of Nigeria, CAN, within the state, Rev John Oladapo that the physique is unaware of the directive, urged residents of the state, notably Christians to withstand any name by anybody, irrespective of how extremely positioned, for them to disobey authorities well being order.
On December 23, the state authorities had canceled Cross Over Vigil throughout the state over the second wave of COVID-19.
In accordance with the Chairman of the COVID-19 Inter-ministerial Committee, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, it’s deceptive for anybody able of management within the civil society, together with spiritual leaders who’re anticipated to be position fashions to brazenly name on residents to disobey authorities’s public well being orders made to make sure the well being of individuals, with the implication of placing the well being of the individuals in danger.
Prof. Fatusi added that the prerogative to obey or disobey legal guidelines is that of people and teams whereas the duty to implement legal guidelines is that of the federal government, and people/teams who selected to disobey the federal government’s duly permitted rules, legal guidelines, and orders should be able to face the results, together with the penalty laid out in part 18 of the Ondo State COVID-19 Emergency Prevention Regulation.
“Because the Technical Advisory physique to the State Authorities on the management of COVID-19 in Ondo State, the Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID 19 hereby needs to attract the eye of the general public, explicit Christians and Christian teams that COVID-19 is primarily a well being subject, and NOT a spiritual subject: it’s, subsequently, not within the area or space of competence of any spiritual group and for CAN management to point that technical choices on well being issues can’t be validly made by the state authorities with out first consulting with the Affiliation is implausible and absurd.
“The order of a curfew from 10.00 pm to 4.00 pm is a subsisting public well being order that has been in operation for a number of months and aimed essentially at safeguarding the well being of the residents. The choice to keep up the curfew by way of and past thirty first December 2020 in Ondo State was taken collectively with a deep sense of duty by a physique of main well being consultants at a gathering convened by the Inter-ministerial committee on Thursday, 24 December 2020, and involving the management of the most important well being skilled teams.
“Authorities has the first and primal duty to guard and safeguard the well being of her individuals and the Ondo State Harmful Infectious Ailments (COVID-19 Emergency Prevention Regulation) signed into legislation on thirty first March 2020 empowers the Governor to take related actions to curb the unfold of the COVID-19, together with restriction of actions. The Governor doesn’t must seek the advice of with CAN or any spiritual or civil group earlier than exercising the facility that’s duly vested in him by the legislation of the land.
“The night and evening of December thirty first marks the tip of the yr for all individuals and never for any spiritual group and within the face of the specter of the second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria, all people and teams – no matter their spiritual leaning could also be – have an obligation to have a good time the occasions marking the entry into a brand new yr sensibly, responsibly and safely to make sure that they don’t put the well being of different residents in danger.
“The Inter-Ministerial Committee hereby calls on all of the individuals in Ondo State to have a good time the tip of the yr with a deep sense of duty and a powerful dedication to security and resist any name by anybody, irrespective of how extremely positioned, for them to disobey authorities well being order and, subsequently, put themselves on the threat of COVID-19 and its penalties in addition to authorized penalties, together with fines and jail phrases as specified within the Ondo State COVID-19 legal guidelines. Obedience, because the Holy Bible states, is best than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22)!”