The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has expressed his worry that some Christians are showing reckless confidence during the Covid19 pandemic.
The SGF who gave a speech at the International Church Prayer Service, organised by the Nigeria Interreligious Council (NIREC) in Abuja on Sunday evening, expressed that all Nigerians must know that the Covid19 pandemic is here to stay and will go away any time soon.
The SGF urged all church leaders to be be at the fore front of educating their church members on the devastating consequences of exposing oneself to virus. He also said they should be educated on how they are to protect their families and themselves from the virus.
On the issue of staying at home which have been the order from various state governments, Boss Mustapha who holds the position as the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, stated that for anyone who doesn’t need to go out, should remain home.
He emphasize on this by quoting a verse from the bible in Proverbs 14:16 where it says “the wise are cautious and avoid danger, fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence. He said that he has seen a lot of Christians showing reckless confidence and he describes them according to the Bible as fools.
He insisted that people should stay at home if they have nothing important to do outside. He said the houses of a person is the safest place he can be. He says that if anyone has any genuine reason to go out he should put on face mask.
He notes that his advise to the church is that people must stop showing recklessness and they should tell their people the truth and instruct them to do the right thongs so that they can stay safe from their families, communities and for the body of Christ.
Mustapha also stated that the national response that the Federal Government has provided was with the intention of protecting people in Nigeria.
He said the government did not make this sort of plan to make Nigerians suffer. He says every step they made was intended to protect people from the virus.
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama, in his message stated the lackadaisical attitude of Christians to combat the virus and he also, said it is time for them to get more closer to God.
He said that as Christians they should believe that in times of trial God has always been in control.
He said when there is a disaster or danger, there should be the need to pray more, as soon as the problem passes, then they can return to their normal prayers.
He said it is true that there is a classic issue of panic spirituality, he says people should not start praying to God only when there is disaster or danger. He noted that, God gives 168 hours a week, 1440 minutes a day, and how much do people nowadays spend in communication with God?
He said people prefer to spend more time speaking to friends on the phone, watching television or spend most their times engaging in social activities.
He said social distancing does not translate to distance from God or to pray to him only when there is ‘fire on the mountain neither does it mean that they pray so much to God that they cannot see, but don’t do good to neighbours they can see.
He expressed that social distancing does not mean being insensitive, indifferent, being cold or anti social towards others.
The Executive Secretary NIREC, Reverend Cornelius Omonokhua, earlier noted that the interdenominational prayers together with the duty of NIREC to support the efforts of the Federal Government.