Wike to clerics: In case you don’t adjust to COVID-19 pointers, I am going to shut down church buildings
Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, has threatened to close down church buildings if worshippers fail to adjust to the rules for stopping the unfold of the coronavirus.
He said this on Sunday on the thanksgiving service in celebration of the ninetieth birthday of Priscilla Mark, held at St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Omagwa in Ikwerre native authorities space of the state.
Wike, who threatened to reimpose a lockdown on the state, lamented the refusal of residents to make use of face masks, particularly in church buildings and markets.
“Whenever you go to most church buildings, they don’t put on masks. Go to markets, they don’t put on masks. They imagine COVID-19 isn’t actual. It’s not actual as a result of it has not occurred to you. No one has died whom you already know that could be very near you. But when any individual has died and the individual was near you, you’ll know that COVID-19 is actual,” he stated.
“I need to enchantment to all of you that we’ve to be extra strict now, as a result of the best way the second wave goes, it’s extra lethal than the primary wave. I understand how many individuals we’ve misplaced for the reason that second wave began.
“Inform all of the church buildings in your diocese that everyone should put on masks. In case you don’t comply, I’ll haven’t any alternative however to close down the church buildings. Pentecostal, Catholic, Anglican, no matter, I’ll haven’t any alternative, as a result of when you may have it, who spends the cash to deal with? It’s the state. We have to use the cash for another factor, not for this. So, we should always be capable to self-discipline ourselves.”
In line with the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC), as of December 27, Rivers has confirmed 3,376 circumstances of the virus, however 3,111 recoveries and 64 deaths have been recorded.