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COVID-19: Chidoka warns Anambra against opening churches for Easter



COVID-19: Chidoka warns Anambra against opening churches for Easter

Chief Osita Chidoka, a former Minister of Aviation, has warned Anambra people against opening churches for worship.

He said a single case of Coronavirus can spread to thousands of people.

Chidoka gave the warning following the recording of an index case in the state.

He said, “I want to thank everyone for the effort so far in adhering to the lockdown. I also want to remind everybody that it is not yet time to relax the restrictions as lessons from other countries have shown that a single asymptomatic infected person can spread the disease to thousands.

“This was the case in the funeral in Albany, Georgia where the virus spread from one person who showed no symptom of the disease to over 200 people in that single gathering. Opening the churches for Easter service will endanger more people and that will not reflect the love and sacrifice that Easter symbolises. Despite the severe challenges of the lockdown, it is still a tested and sure way to flatten the curve of the virus.”

“Since we have already started, this is not yet time to call off the lockdown. I call on state governors and all other stakeholders to come together to encourage us in this season of sacrifice like Christ did on Good Friday,” he said.

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The former minister called for continued goodwill to the vulnerable and less priviledged.

He acknowledged that while the economy is generally bad for all Nigerians, “it is still important that we continue to share the love.”

He enjoined everyone “to reach out to the most vulnerable in our society by extending food and financial support.”

“We should sustain the giving of alms, foodstuff, and support during this lockdown. There are difficult days ahead but, together, Nigerians will defeat this COVID-19 pandemic”, Chidoka said.

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