Okorie Uguru, Chris Njoku, Owerri, Nwanosike Onu, Awka, Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin, Bisi Oladele, Ibadan, AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna, Rasaq Ibrahim
Yesterday was Good Friday, a day put aside to commemorate the crucifixion and demise of Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, this yr’s celebration was peculiar in lots of states because it was devoid of the same old companies and processions. That is on account of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In Lagos, each church buildings and streets had been empty of actions as residents observe the second week of lockdown. In obedience to the lockdown order, there have been no church companies, neither had been there processions on the streets. The identical applies to most states of the federation.
Investigation by the Nation confirmed that in all of the church buildings in Imo State, the same old pomp and pageantry witnessed throughout the celebrations was conspicuously absent.
At a latest assembly between the CAN within the state and the state authorities, the previous had passionately pleaded with the latter for a waiver to look at the Easter Good Friday celebration and the Easter companies. It was turned down by the Committee on Prevention and Management of COVID-19 led by Prof Maurice Iwu..
Talking to our correspondent, the Director of Communications, Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, Father Ray Nzereogu, disclosed that the absence of the processions didn’t take away something from the Christians, quite, he stated it offered them the chance to deepen their religion in Christ.
In Anambra State, there have been additionally no processions. The restrictions on church actions, burial and funeral ceremonies and different gatherings as introduced by Governor Willie Obiano nonetheless stand
Although there are actions in Anambra State because the state remains to be free from the virus, however the social distancing directive was being noticed within the state
The Anambra State Commissioner for Well being, Dr Vincent Okpala, instructed The Nation there was no trigger for alarm, because the state authorities had put many issues in place in case the virus hits the state.
The celebration in Ilorin, Kwara State, was devoid of the same old thrill. As an alternative of the festivities, Kwarans had been making final minutes buying to beat yesterday’s 6pm whole lockdown of the state.
The Religious Father and Chairman, Cherubim and Seraphim Motion Church, Worldwide Ayo ni o, Prophet Samuel Adefila Abidoye urged Christians to imbibe the teachings discovered throughout the Lenten season to strengthen their religion within the lord Jesus Christ.
In Ibadan, Oyo State, the same old processions by orthodox church buildings the place a church member carries the symbolic cross to recall how Jesus suffered and was nailed to the cross didn’t maintain.
The Communications Director of the Ibadan Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Francis Adedigba, instructed The Nation that the processions didn’t maintain due to restrictions ordered by the Oyo State Authorities to include the unfold of COVID-19 within the state.
In Kaduna State, there was no occasion to mark the day because of the lockdown imposed by the state authorities, as a part of measures to stop the unfold of COVID-19.
Ekiti State was among the many few states that the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) had deliberate holding Good Friday processions however needed to rethink the choice and cancelled them..
The Christian physique’s Chairman, Rev. Father Peter Olowolafe, stated yesterday in assertion that the choice was reached after extensive session with crucial stakeholders and the state authorities.