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Covid-19: “You can’t ban Xmas carols without consulting us,” CAN tells FG


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has kicked against the warning made by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, telling Christians not to hold Christmas Carols to avoid a second wave of coronavirus.

Reacting to the warning, The Vice-Chairman (Northern region) of CAN Rev. John Hayab described the move as  insensitive.

Recall that the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu had said that  Christmas carol and other similar religious gatherings can be a  ‘super spreaders’ of COVID-19.

CAN however said government has no right to enforce the ban without having consultation with the church.

Hayab said, “Christians have been holding worship services and observing all Federal Government protocols, and other medical advice on coronavirus since the lockdown was relaxed and worship centres were reopened.

“So, what we expected from the PTF was advice for continued compliance by religious bodies and the general public to the already established protocols.

“But to mention Christmas Carol or suggest a ban only shows how insensitive some privileged government officials can be.

“The Church is doing more than what the PTF has requested us to do till now, and church leaders are still encouraging followers to practice those protocols both at home, market and anywhere there were more than ten persons.

“CAN remains ready and willing to work with, and help the PTF and all other relevant agencies to sensitize our congregations to observe any new or additional protocols to stop the spread of the virus, but the message from the PTF about the Christmas Carol is wrong and poorly timed.”