The Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) has described the warning by the Presidential Job Pressure (PTF) on COVID-19 towards Christmas Carols to curb a second wave of the virus as insensitive.
The Vice-Chairman (Northern area) of the umbrella Christian physique, Rev. John Hayab, acknowledged this on Wednesday.
The Director-Common of the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, defined that Christmas carol providers and different gatherings throughout the festive interval have been able to changing into ‘tremendous spreaders’ of COVID-19.
Nevertheless, CAN stated it was not proper for the federal government to threaten a ban on Christmas carol with out consulting the management of the church.
Hayab stated, “Christians have been holding worship providers and observing all Federal Authorities protocols, and different medical recommendation on coronavirus for the reason that lockdown was relaxed and worship centres have been reopened.
“So, what we anticipated from the PTF was recommendation for continued compliance by non secular our bodies and most of the people to the already established protocols.
“However to say Christmas Carol or recommend a ban solely reveals how insensitive some privileged authorities officers may be.
“The Church is doing greater than what the PTF has requested us to do until now, and church leaders are nonetheless encouraging followers to follow these protocols each at residence, market and anyplace there have been greater than ten individuals.
“CAN stays prepared and prepared to work with, and assist the PTF and all different related businesses to sensitize our congregations to look at any new or extra protocols to cease the unfold of the virus, however the message from the PTF in regards to the Christmas Carol is unsuitable and poorly timed.”