*As IGP orders Commissioners to sustain lockdown directives
As against the normal routine, Christians in various States of the country will be forced to celebrate Easter in self-isolation, following the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu directive to the Commissioners of Police across the nation on sustained social restriction orders.
The call became necessary in order to curtail the community spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, which has immensely challenged humanity globally.
Recall that the federal government had earlier declared Friday 10, and Monday, 13, 2020 public holidays to mark the celebration of Easter.
However, while felicitating with the Nigerian Christian Community, as Christendom commemorates the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the IGP called on religious leaders in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as other States affected by the restriction orders, to continue to cooperate with relevant government agencies and use their leadership positions to encourage worshippers to observe Prayers and Worship Programs in the confines of their homes.
In a statement by DCP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, it stated that, “Deep concerns that for the first time in the annals of our history, circumstances have compelled us to emplace restrictions on social gatherings, which inevitably is also affecting religious programs of all faiths”
“I enjoined Nigerians to see the restrictions in the light of the symbolism of Easter which connotes sacrifice, tolerance, perseverance, love and ultimate triumph.
“The Nigeria Police will remain steadfast and committed in the duty of ensuring public safety and security during the Easter period and beyond.”