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Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Ebullience(m): 8:07pm On Apr 10
The Catholic Church in Rivers State on Friday asked its members to stay safe and observe Easter Sunday at home.

This was contained in a letter addressed to all priests signed by Camillus Etokudoh, the Bishop of Port-Harcourt Diocese.

Governor Nyesom Wike had relaxed the lockdown order in the state on Thursday.

A statement by his spokesman, Simeon Nwakaudu, explained that the ease was to enable Christians to observe their religious obligations during Easter.

Wike’s directive also permits the Muslim community to observe their Jumat prayers within the period.

But in his memo entitled “Pastoral update following Governor’s broadcast”, Bishop Etokudoh thanked Governor Wike for his consideration.

He, however, noted that in view of the threat COVID-19 poses, it was better to be careful and continue to observe social distancing, the established measure of preventing the pandemic.

The cleric’s letter read: “With prayerful meditation on the Holy Week, I sincerely thank you our priests and lay faithful for adhering so far to our Diocesan directives/guidelines for the celebration of the Holy Week.

“We deeply appreciate the State-wide broadcast of the Governor of Rivers State, yesterday, on Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020 during which he temporarily relaxed the restrictions on large religious gatherings for Moslems on Friday April 10, 2020, for their prayers and for Christians on Sunday April 12, 2020 to have their full congregation for Easter celebrations.

“However, in the face of the threats of COVID-19 and having prayerfully considered the implications of the Risks to our expected crowded congregation on normal Easter Sunday celebrations, we hereby request you our priests and lay faithful to continue to keep to the CBCN and our Diocesan Pastoral directives/guidelines for the celebrations of Holy Week including Easter Sunday till further notice.”

Bishop Etokudoh prayed to the Lord to hear the cries of Nigerians, give everyone Easter blessings and heal the world of COVID-19.

Also on Friday, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) condemned governors’ resolutions to relax the lockdown in their states despite coronavirus scare.

The ‘Stay at home’ order effected to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the country has been lessened in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Katsina, Kogi, Niger, Ogun, Ondo and Rivers States.

A statement by NMA President, Dr. Francis Faduyile and Secretary, Olumuyiwa Odusote, warned that directives authorizing the mass observance of Jumat prayers and Easter Sunday services could have serious consequences.

The body of doctors noted that undermining a guideline against mass gatherings can only heighten the curve of transmission dynamics.

The NMA appealed to the governors to reverse their pronouncements in the interest of Nigerians’ safety.

Meanwhile, Nigerians are awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari’s next action as the 14-day lockdown slammed on Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States expires Monday April 13.
https://dailypost.ng/2020/04/10/covid-19-thank-you-gov-wike-well-stay-at-home-catholic-church-rejects-lockdown-ease-in-rivers/

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Macphenson: 8:10pm On Apr 10
Nice one.

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by ZombiePUNISHER: 8:12pm On Apr 10
Obedience is better than sacrifice......

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by pillarmaria(m): 8:14pm On Apr 10
His Lordship has spoken, I wonder the point Gov wike was trying to score.

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Calismart(m): 8:24pm On Apr 10
But i can't imagine easter period without the holy and touching Catholic activities.

Stations of the cross
kissing the crucifix etc

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Xisnin(m): 8:28pm On Apr 10
Wike started well but he is making a big mistake.
Festivals are more dangerous for virus spread than the daily market people attend.

Coronavirus does not go on holiday.

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by essenjack(m): 8:29pm On Apr 10
That's thoughtful of the Catholic, a church with large congregation there's every tendency of one contracting the virus on Easter Sunday

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Charleys: 8:33pm On Apr 10
pillarmaria:
His Lordship has spoken, I wonder the point Gov wike was trying to score.

Easter is precious to christians. Wike will feel bad if he didn't relax the lockdown.

It's left for christians to decide if they need the celebration or not.

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by ukukaegbu(m): 8:38pm On Apr 10
I'm not Catolic but I highly respect them.

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Origin(f): 8:41pm On Apr 10
All the parties are right...

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by MelesZenawi: 9:42pm On Apr 10
The church...

As I always say we as the congregations remains a great gift to the church.

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by osuofia2(m): 9:44pm On Apr 10
I love being Catholic... Proudly a Christian unlike the other pissful religion wey wan cut person head because of covid19 restrictions.. You will know if a sheep is a black by its shepherd.

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Slawormir: 9:44pm On Apr 10
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Isoright
Am not a Christian though
But i respect catholic

Catholiscm over Pentecostalism any day anytime twice on Friday

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Badonasty(m): 9:44pm On Apr 10
That’s good

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Patrioticman007(m): 9:44pm On Apr 10
What
Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by tomiwakeem: 9:45pm On Apr 10
Wike must have been high on something,still wondering why he eased the lockdown at a time he grounded caverton helicopter for moving about during the lock down . Now he asked Christian's to come out and infect themselves

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by blowjohn(m): 9:45pm On Apr 10
Charleys:


Easter is precious to christians. Woke will feel bad if he didn't relax the lockdown.

It's left for christians to decide if they need the celebration of not.


Do this in remembrance of me.....remember?
Even if na for house do am

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Olatunji110(m): 9:45pm On Apr 10
May Almighty God completely heal all those that have been already tested positive for this deadly virus and protect all those that have not yet contact it together with all our family and friends, no matter how bad or worse its, i pray to Almighty God that it should never know it direction or it ways to our lifes and all our relatives and all our love ones amen

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Lordjb: 9:45pm On Apr 10
Good... They should set example for others

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by AgentNairaland(f): 9:45pm On Apr 10
Hmmmmmm
Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by johnmattew: 9:46pm On Apr 10
Charleys:


Easter is precious to christians. Woke will feel bad if he didn't relax the lockdown.

It's left for christians to decide if they need the celebration of not.
just read Ur comment, especially the second paragraph and see if u made sense at all

Vatican and basilicas in Italy,Spain and France are empty...are they not Christans too?


Nigerians are still playing wit coronavirus..... .if u don't know what coronavirus means ask Cameroonians,nigeriens,burkinabes and ghanians.our neighboring countries nowhere coronavirus is ravaging

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by majamajic(m): 9:46pm On Apr 10
Religion of peace !!

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by barnny(m): 9:46pm On Apr 10
May God help us. Everyone is serious mindful about this virus. Imagine embarassed
Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by oluwaahmed: 9:46pm On Apr 10
Religious "ela ojukó" from Catholic church to wike..

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by megacity: 9:47pm On Apr 10
The Church should have faith not fear

The Church is not a place where people come and get sick, the Church is a place where people come and get healing. Shutting the Church can never be the answer

I expect the Church leaders to have prayer such that even if someone with Corona virus comes to church, the person would be instantly healed and not infect others. It saddens me that the Church leaders are rather advocating closure of the Church. It saddens me that even the politicians have more faith and appreciate the power of God more than these church leaders

The politicians are now the ones telling Christians they can go to Church whereas the church leaders want the church to remain closed. Too bad


If someone who is sick comes to church, the person should receive healing not infect others

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by henrygale(m): 9:47pm On Apr 10
Good heads

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Gabson006: 9:47pm On Apr 10
Lol

Christian reject lockdown when Rome is still on lockdown


smiley smiley smiley

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by Millz404(m): 9:47pm On Apr 10
Ff

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Re: Catholic Church Rejects Lockdown Ease For Easter Celebrations In Rivers State by BIAFRAisBURIED: 9:48pm On Apr 10
GOODS MOVE

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