A cleric has urged citizens to endeavour to do their part in obeying the measures put in place by governments on Covid-19 in order to avoid the incessant clashes with law enforcement agencies, which is leading to unnecessary deaths daily.
Worried over the growing extrajudicial killings by security operatives enforcing the lockdown measures, the Archbishop, Province of the Niger, Anglican Communion, and Bishop of Awka Anglican Diocese, Rt. Rev. Alexander Chibuzor Ibezim noted that, “the security agencies need support and not accusations.”
In Awka, Anambra State, Ibezim, who warned the general public that if people learnt to stay at home, there would not be need to enforce the measures, also admonished security operatives to be more humane in the face of the severity of the circumstances in enforcing the stay at home order.
He said: “I advise that we do our own little part under the prevailing circumstances. At times we are so fast to blame security men. But the duty they are performing now is a very difficult one. Both security personnel and all of us must be committed to the cause.”
The Bishop bemoaned the ravaging nature of Covid-19, which is leaving in its trail dead bodies, but he is hopeful that the virus will soon be wiped out.
Ibezim said that with coronavirus, “the spirit of death is smelling everywhere,” but anyone who believes in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ should not be afraid, rather he should be steadfast in his faith because the virus will be exterminated soon from the surface of the earth.
The Archbishop called on Christians to have faith in God in the face of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, saying it would be over as suddenly as it appeared to kill people.
The cleric maintained that resurrection power of Jesus would terminate the scourge the same way it rolled away the stone at the tomb of Jesus on the day of His resurrection.