The federal government of Nigeria have frown over reopening of Churches and Mosques in Some states.
Lockdown was initially imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus in the four Northern states, comprising of;
i. The Adamawa State Government lifted the ban on religious gathering. Mr. Humwashi Wonosikou, who is the Press Secretary to the governor said in a statement that Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has eased the restriction on worship places and social gatherings. added that International Cattle Markets can as well reopen.
ii. Suspending the lockdown in Borno give approval for religious gathering to reopen in strict adherence with social distancing and use of facemasks. According to statements, the ease lockdown is as a result of significant progress in the fight against recorded.
iii. Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Yahaya while easing lockdown on churches and mosques said that members must wear face masks, keep social and physical distance, regular hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers. He warned that violators would force a reverse of the decision to ease the lockdown, added that he would not afford to compromise the health of the people of the state.
iv. Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle who also lifted the ban on religious gathering urged the people to continue to observe social distancing as well as making use of face masks. He said: “I want to commend the people of the state for supporting government in our effort to frustrate the spread of coronavirus in our dear state by complying with the lockdown orders. In the light of this, therefore, we are suspending restrictions on congregational prayers in Mosques and Churches while appealing to people not to converge in large numbers at the same time.” he said.
However, this decision do not go well with the Federal Government since the situation of the spread had not reached the stage of lowering the COVID-19 protocol. The number of Covid-19 cases in the country is over 5,000 mark and over 150 deaths recorded across different states.
Addressing the issue, the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was quoted saying: “We are always working together with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF). We believe that the governors won’t do anything that will put in jeopardy all we have achieved in the last few weeks of lockdown. So, I think it is better that we continue the engagement and I am sure that the chairman of the taskforce who is constantly in touch with the governments will take up this matter and we hope that he will be able to give a feedback.”
The chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha, yesterday said: The presidential Taskforce therefore urges states that are lifting restrictions which allow for large congregations of people, to way their consequences, in relation to creating opportunities for more of the virus thereby regretting the gains already made.”