Christians in Kaduna State marked the resurrection of Jesus Christ, otherwise knows as Easter Sunday, without processions in the city.
This is as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which forced the state government to impose a 24-hour curfew on the state. The curfew was imposed for fear of further spread of the disease just as church services, Muslim Juma’t prayers were all temporarily suspended pending when the situation improves.
Following the development, churches and streets have remained empty since Friday – Sunday, heralding the resurrection of Jesus Christ as residents continue to observe the lockdown order.
In obedience to the lockdown order, there were no church services, and no procession on the streets on Friday, preceding the resurrection of Christ on Sunday.
DAILY POST observed that in all the churches in the state, the usual pomp and pageantry witnessed during the celebration was conspicuously absent.
Speaking to DAILY POST, the Director of Communications, Kaduna Catholic Archdiocese, Father Ndagosso disclosed that the total absence of the processions did not remove anything from the Christian Faith, but has rather provided them the opportunity to deepen their Faith in Christ.
Though there are movements in some parts of the state such as Kakuri, Barnawa, Television, Narayin, Goni Gora, security operatives were drafted to strategic locations to resist such movement and enforce curfew, and also to ensure that the social distancing directive was being observed in the state.
Though, the state Commissioner for Health, recently assured residents that there was no cause for alarm, as the state government had put many things in place to stop the spread of the virus in the state, only yesterday, a gateman was suspected to have been infected by the virus in the state.
Pastor Christian Chukwu, Regional overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministry, Barnawa, urged Christians to imbibe the lessons learnt during the Lenten season to strengthen their Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.