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The Federal Government has gone spiritual in its bid to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying it has partnered with the Nigerian Interreligious Council NIREC to declare a season of prayer and fasting in the country.
In a related development, the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, NIREC, a body led by the Sultan of Sokoto and the President Of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has called for three days’ fasting and prayers for God to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, PTF on Covid-19, Mr Boss Mustapha disclosed this during the daily briefing of the Taskforce in Abuja.
Mustapha, also the SGF, added that schools have not been reopened, explaining that only those in exit classes have been asked to return for revision, preparatory to writing their terminal examinations.
The SGF said it has become pertinent to call on Nigerians to seek the face of God in order to end the pandemic.
“In furtherance of the synergy being built, the Co-Chairmen of the Nigerian Inter Religious Council NIREC, His Eminence Alhaji Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, the Sultan of Sokoto/President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and His Eminence Rev. Dr. Samson O. A. Ayokunle, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, would be directing Muslim and Christian adherents all over the country to go in for a period of fasting and prayer. The NIREC will announce the details and we urge all Nigerians to participate in this effort to seek divine intervention”, he said.
NIREC calls for 3 days fasting & prayers
In a statement, the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, NIREC, has called for three days’ fasting and prayers for God to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the statement signed by the NIREC Executive Secretary, Rev. Fr. Cornelius Omonokhua, “Muslims will begin on Friday, July 3, 2020 (today) while Christians will end the prayer on Sunday, July 5 in the National Christian Centre.
“These prayers will respect social distancing. NIREC calls on everybody to seek the face of God in fasting and prayers for God to put an end to the Covid -19 pandemic,” it added.
Further, the statement reads: “Since April 30, 2020, the Nigeria inter-religious council (NIREC) has been calling on all Christians and Muslims to take part in the national weekly prayer conducted online with zoom meeting every Thursday in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (OSGF), the Nigeria television authority (NTA) and UFUK Dialogue Foundation.