From Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja
Christians on Sunday latched into prayers, searching 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-Spiritual Council (NIREC).
Chairman of the Presidential Process Pressure 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 referred to as on the leaders of the church to at all times educate their congregation the reality in regards to the pandemic and the way they will 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) stated the pandemic had come to remain.
He stated: “in case you have no enterprise going out, keep at dwelling, 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 dwelling when you don’t have enterprise going out, that’s the most secure place you may have, in case you have each real cause to exit, as necessary, put on a face masks.
“There isn’t any vaccine and no treatment perception. For the scientists which can be concerned within the analysis, the timeframe they’ve given for vaccine to be on the desk for individuals to amass is between 18 months and two years. So COVID-19 has come to stick with us. The one factor you may have is to stick to pointers and protocols.
“In case your nostril and your mouth should not coated, you aren’t sporting a masks. Put on your masks correctly. Truthfully, it isn’t that it is a service that was designed to hope unto God, I received’t come to this gathering. I’ve a cause to guard my household, good friend, 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 correct issues in order that they will keep secure for his or her households, communities and for the physique of Christ”.
Mustapha stated the nationwide response that the federal government has put in place was meant to guard Nigerians.
“It isn’t designed to afflict us. Each step we’ve taken as a presidential process drive has been meant to offer for the great and welfare of the residents”, he added.
Delivering his message, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama, stated: “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 hope feverishly however as quickly because it passes, we retum to floor zero of prayer.
“Clearly, it is a traditional case of panic spirituality; we should not run to God solely when within the face of hazard. God offers us 168 hours every 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 associates on the cellphone or have interaction in social media actions.
“Social distancing doesn’t imply distance from God or to come back to Him solely when there’s “hearth 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 Govt Secretary of NIREC, Reverend Cornelius Omonokhua famous that the interdenominational prayers aligned with the responsibility of NIREC to help the efforts of the Federal Authorities.
Common Secretary of the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN), Joseph Daramola urged the PTF to evaluate and enhance the timing of worship, including that the one hour that was given isn’t sufficient.
He admonished Christians to stick to authorities protocols on COVID-19 and at all times pray irrespective of the scenario for God to proceed to intervain and put an finish to COVID-19.
Many spiritual leaders led prayer periods in opposition to the pandemic and for peace within the nation.