It is no longer news that new cases of coronavirus infections have been on the rise as a result of more increased nationwide testing being carried out by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC in recent times. This, in no doubt, made the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha make some declarations and also reveal likely government intentions on July 2, 2020. Speaking at the daily presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing yesterday, Mr Boss Mustapha, after explaining the recent statistical increase in the number of COVID-19 reported cases, disclosed that the nation will not hesitate to impose curfews even as coronavirus infections are feared to be on a constant increase as a result of the easing up of lockdown globally.
As we speak, according to information from Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, the total number of cases is now 27,110 with new 626 confirmed cases. More interesting is the fact that Mr. Boss Mustapha also called for the citizens of the country to participate in the national fasting and prayer against the spread of this dreaded virus. That is a surprising call, after what seems to be like a long time paying deaf ears to calls by notable clergymen like Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners Chapel), Dr. Daniel K. Olukoya of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, and many others to take the matter spiritually. You will recall that Pastor Adeboye had made the appeal that religious figures be part of the presidential task force on COVID-19 in order to deal with the spiritual side, and now it seems the task force is beginning to get overwhelmed and beginning to consider taking the advice.
COVID-19 related cases in Nigeria have tripled in the last one month and the nation has recorded deaths of notable figures. Just recently, the Ondo State Health Commissioner joined the list of those who died from the virus, few days after the demise of Senator Abiola Ajimobi also as a result of COVID-19.
The fight against the novel coronavirus truly requires both medical and spiritual leadership.
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