By Stanley Onyekwere
As Christian faithful around the world marked 2020 Easter celebration, Christians in Abuja, the Nigeria’s Capital Territory have been enjoined to use the occasion to pray fervently for the end of the dreaded coronavirus otherwise known as COVID 19 pandemic which has so far claimed thousands of lives across the world.
According to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who gave the charge in his Easter message, history has shown that when people turn to God in true supplication, in times of distress, the Almighty indeed answers prayers.
Bello noted that Easter, as one of the holiest celebrations for Christians provided a great opportunity to pray to God to heal the sick and prevent a further spread of the disease across the Territory.
While encouraging Christians to enjoy the festivities from the safety of their homes, the Minister equally implored them and other residents to use the Easter celebrations to imbibe the spirit of unity which the FCT symbolises.
“I urge you to use this season to reflect on the significance of the FCT as the Center of Unity of our country. This is the season to show true neighborliness and reach out to the needy and the less privileged who have been impacted negatively by COVID 19.
“The disease is such that it does not discriminate between the haves and the haves not and is no respecter of age or religious beliefs. We must therefore come together as communities to fight it together,” the Minister stated.
Bello also advised residents to follow all the health protocols of constant handwashing, use of alcohol based sanitizer, and observing social distancing.
He explains: “the best way to beat this disease is not to contract it. This is one time where prevention is most certainly better than cure.
“You must therefore be disciplined and maintain personal hygiene by observing to the letter, prevention protocols of constant hand washing, use of alcohol based sanitizers and observance of social distancing”.
Furthermore, the Minister asked residents to observe the stay-at-home directives of the government saying that it was the one way to curtail the spread of the virus and allow for contact tracing by the health authorities.