In light of the pandemic COVID-19 and in a bid to curb the rapid spread, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State has called on church leaders in the state to support government efforts in containing the Coronavirus pandemic.
Rev. John Hayab, CAN Chairman issued a statement in Kaduna on Thursday, which read:
“The church as a school of faith, which is known for having large gatherings for church services, weddings, burials, prayer meetings, crusades and revival services must endeavour to join forces with government and health workers to stop the spread of this virus.
“Our role must not just be to pray, but we must be seen taking concrete steps for the well-being of our flocks and the country at large. CAN Kaduna state therefore, wishes to appeal to all pastors and church leaders to read through official guidelines and information about the virus; then tell their members."
He also warned against the spreading of unverified and misleading information on social media.
“Hence, let us make use of information available from the ministry of health and other recognized government agencies. CAN believes in the efficacy of prayers, but wishes to state that Christians should make use of the pulpit to say only what is medically correct.
“It will not be proper for a pastor to tell his members to come for prayers and special anointing only without doing what is needful such as the washing of hands regularly, keeping required distance to avoid contacts that may lead to exposure to the virus.
“We can also help to reduce the spread of the virus by suspending our large gathering activities for the meantime,” the CAN chairman said.
He urged pastors to make use of cell groups’ prayer teams this period to enlighten church members about the pandemic.