‘Yomi Ayeleso | Ado-Ekiti
The Bishop of the Diocese of Ekiti West, the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Right Reveend Rufus Adepoju, has assured Nigerians that COVID-19 will soon be a thing of the past.
Adepoju urged members of his diocese, residents of Ekiti State and the people of Nigeria not to panic on the storm of the coronavirus but to draw nearer to God whom he said will see them through “this trying period.”
The bishop, however, counselled them to obey government’s orders to stay at home, always wash their hands, use sanitisers, observe social distancing, among other directives given to contain the spread of the virus.
Giving his charge in a video posted on the verified Facebook account of the Diocese of Ekiti West, Adepoju said that the people have not lost anything by obeying all the lawful directives given by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Quoting from Psalm 57:1, Adepoju said everybody must make God his refuge during this challenging period and put their trust in Him until the storm of coronavirus passes away.
Adepoju said: “I want to encourage everybody, both old and young that we shall all overcome this period. I believe that this pandemic will soon become history and it will definitely go away but let us be closer to God.
“We may not have the privilege of gathering together in the physical temple but our body is the temple of God and we should keep on using it to serve God wherever we are.
“Each family should gather together in the morning and in the evening to worship God and pray to Him. The fathers at home are the priests and mothers are their supporters.
“I want to admonish everybody to obey every order and directive given by our government by staying at home, washing our hands with soap under running water, use sanitisers on our hands, observe social distancing and other things we have been told to do,” he said.
“When you obey the authorities, you have not lost anything; it is even a time of rest for us and it offers an opportunity for us to pray more than ever before.
“There is no reason to panic, this pandemic will not consume us. When your time has not come, no death can claim your life.
“All these will soon become history and we will tell our future generations that at a period, no services were held in churches as a result of Coronavirus pandemic.
“Coming Sunday is the Palm Sunday, the next one is the Easter Sunday. If we can’t gather in our churches, that doesn’t stop us from celebrating in our private homes to thank God.”
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