NMA has called on State Governors to refrain from relaxing the lockdown in order to allow Nigerians to attend Jumat prayers and Easter Sunday services.
The NMA in a press statement jointly signed by the President, Dr. Francis Faduyile and the General Secretary, Olumuyiwa Odusote alleged that some governors were making statements negating the established measure of preventing COVID-19- social distancing.
According to the NMA Statement: “Of particular concern are the declaration by the Cross River State Governor that social distancing is not needed while wearing a face mask; a moratorium on the lockdown to allow mass gathering in mosques and churches starting from Friday to Sunday in Rivers state; and the lifting of the ban on Friday prayers by Katsina and Kogi States government.”
“While NMA appreciating the prime place of religion in our national lives and especially the value Christians place on Easter, we place on record that there is now the evidence of community transmission of COVID-19.
They further appealed to all authorities concerned to rescind their decision in the interest of the safety of lives. The NMA implored the Nigerian Police force and other security agencies to ensure that such gatherings do not take place.