Methodist Church Bishop, Dr Sunday Onuoha, has warned that Nigeria may lose the gains achieved in the past few weeks in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19), if states relaxed the stay-at-home order in their domains.
The Methodist Church Bishop and Executive Director of Nigeria Interfaith Action Association (NIFAA), who gave the warning on Friday, also cautioned political and religious leaders against throwing caution into the winds in the fight against the pandemic.
The Cleric specifically warned state governors, who directed the relax of the stay-at-home order, to learn from the South Korean experience.
He recalled that the deadly Coronavirus spread like wildfire in South Korea following a crusade held in that country against the warning of relevant authorities. Onuoha, therefore, underscored the need to sustain the tempo recorded in preventing the spread of the virus.
He noted that there is nothing wrong in congregating because God acknowledges the gathering of men, but emphasised that such gathering should be done in line with laid down directives.
The Bishop, who commended the federal government for its efforts at preventing the spread of the covid-19 so far, said that actions should be taken against any move to frustrate the feat.
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“We cannot just throw away the successes we have achieved in these past weeks in a twinkle of an eye,” he stressed.
He enjoined the federal and state governments to make food available to the people while the lockdown lasts, noting that people would be ready to comply if their basic needs were met.
The clergy urged Nigerians to maintain physical distancing, wash hands regularly with soap, use hands sanitiser, wear face mask and hand gloves, among other safety measures.