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Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by Kosiso12(f): 7:19pm On May 15
Governor David Umahi on Friday lifted the ban on religious gathering in Ebonyi State. He said religious centres can now conduct services once a week but must observe the prevention protocol against COVID-19.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Uchenna Orji, announced the governor’s decision in a statement on Friday.

Mr Umahi had declared the ban last month to check the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state.

Despite the ban and other measures including the closure of the state boundaries, Ebonyi still recorded nine cases of the virus.

The lifting of the ban followed weeks of pressure by some Christians in the state who questioned why churches were closed while markets remained opened.

The statement said the waiver was in response to the passionate appeal made by the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ebonyi State Chapter, and other Christian leaders in the state.

According to the commissioner, the conditions for the reopening of the churches include that they observe their service only on Sundays from 9 a.m to 11 a.m.

“That Seventh Day Adventist and Muslim faithful are to observe their service on Saturdays and Fridays respectively from 9 a.m – 11 a.m. No religious centre shall permit more than 500 people and worshipers shall observe a minimum of two meters social distancing from one another.

“Wearing of face masks, washing of hands with running water and use of hand sanitisers must be strictly observed in all religious centres. No religious service is allowed to hold any other day other than the days specified herein and which must be in strict observance of all COVID-19 Laws and regulations.

“Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN) has a duty to close down any religious gathering and arrest the principal of the worship centre that violates this order.”

According to the statement, the governor urged religious bodies in the state to use the opportunity to create awareness among their members on the protocols, policies, laws and regulations regarding COVID-19 and to pray for the State and Nigeria.

“They are also enjoined to use the opportunity to advise their members to aggressively participate in agriculture and other lawful means of livelihood. CAN leadership and Anti- COVID-19 Committee on Religious Centres are requested to please mount strict monitoring of all religious centres in the state and ensure strict compliance and discipline among them,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the Ebonyi government has commenced the distribution of palliatives to residents of the state.

The speaker of the state House of Assembly, who is also the chairman, state Anti COVID-19 subcommittee on welfare and fundraising, Francis Nwifuru, flagged off the exercise in Abakaliki on Friday.

He handed over N36 million and 726 5kg bags of rice to religious bodies and widows in the state.

The first batch of palliatives was handed over to leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for distribution to their members and widows among others.

The breakdown of the palliatives was given as follows: CAN, 2,600 bags of 5kg rice and N13 million; CAN and Bishops 100 bags of rice and N5 million. CAN leadership in Ebonyi, 100 bags of rice and N5 million; and Ebonyi widows 5,000 bags of rice and N13million.

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by Tissaia(f): 7:21pm On May 15
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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by BranddesignerH: 7:21pm On May 15
Good one. We need prayer as much as we need palliatives

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by NwaNimo1(m): 7:23pm On May 15
Hmm....Odikwa risky.

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by clevvermind(m): 7:30pm On May 15
It is a good move. Let prayer start in full.

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by PositiveDirect: 7:31pm On May 15
Please let Corona end o. Is better we die of Corona than hunger. Many things we used to do to earn a living no longer in place.

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by yenereal(m): 7:44pm On May 15
I'm speechless.
Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by nonyofor2(m): 7:50pm On May 15
Since Corona no wan end we've decided to live with it

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by apexc1096: 8:08pm On May 15
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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by davibid: 8:08pm On May 15
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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by theoneJabulani(m): 8:08pm On May 15
I don't think Nigerian are ready for this. We always disobey every law.


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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by bigpriik: 8:09pm On May 15
We Igbos love to Worship God,we are blessed and biafra will surely come , as long as Israel after thousands of years in exile later became a country/state despite being surrounded by hateful arabs, so will Biafra,do you know why? Because nothing on earth can stop the course of a determined soul.

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by Nonso92(m): 8:09pm On May 15
Crusade will soon start.

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by ekensi01(m): 8:09pm On May 15
Let me rest here.

Since I've been moving up and down on this soil.

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by Seun(m): 8:10pm On May 15
I want to open up every sector of the economy, but I feel that religious gatherings, etc. should be the last part of the economy to be opened up because the risk/benefit ratio is so high. I hope the Ebonyi churches and mosques follow the guidelines and that they are effective enough.

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by Emmanuelhector(m): 8:10pm On May 15
They should resume schools too

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by Gkay1(m): 8:10pm On May 15
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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by Vyzz: 8:11pm On May 15
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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by Coronavirus84: 8:11pm On May 15
Kudos to Engr David Nwaeze Umahi for dis privilege. May the lord Almighty God continue to give you more wisdom to continue to rule Ebonyi state positively. Am a Yoruba guy and I reside in Abakaliki town, Engr Dave have really impressed me so much both before and during the corona virus period. Thanks so much Engr Dave

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by KINGJAJA888: 8:11pm On May 15
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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by Staphylococcus: 8:11pm On May 15
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Good one. We need prayer as much as we need palliatives

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by Joesef45: 8:12pm On May 15
Welcome development seems like he is trying to garner support of his people because he is losing popularity by his tyrannical method .

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by Okpallaanambra: 8:12pm On May 15
Something okezie did long time ago
Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by eleko1: 8:12pm On May 15
Good make dem transfer me to Ebonyi wink.Sanwo and his Ogun state colleague can hold their pipu ballz

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by eddyslim(m): 8:12pm On May 15
Powerful God
Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by bid4rich(m): 8:12pm On May 15
A good move by the governor. Meanwhile, don't expect 100% compliance as Nigerians are natural law breakers

Expect other states to follow with their own guidelines...

God bless Nigeria.

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by IME1: 8:13pm On May 15
Good one
I think it's now left to people to choose if they can risk going to church with large gatherings by FAITH or choose to stay home and worship God with their families as a microcosm
Where I stay there's still lock down of churches

IshakMO:
please this is real and isn't a lie. Please help me if you can

Even if I have money to give, I won't give you because you are still a mama's boy. undecided How can you leave your house because of a woman angry is that what you witnessed growing up Why did you then marry angry are you saying hitting her is the only way to restore to default setting? What will you do and where will you go when your mum finally goes home to rest?
Take charge of your home Mohammed and restore your wife to a good wife I'm sure you married her as?
If little lock down can make her rain insults on you over paper money what will happen if your near neighbour or blood relation buys private jet?

What a joke. Imagine you risking traversing states in this lock down of inter-states travelling? That 5k you want can buy things to feed with for a week.
Na you and your wife suppose strategise for this covid19 palava

Mohammed stay strong, don't hit your wife, don't leave home, don't risk travelling, don't misuse money this period.
You and your marriage will dey okay las las

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Re: Governor Umahi Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings In Ebonyi State by eleko1: 8:13pm On May 15
cool we have Power with God

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