The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has said the social restriction order declared by the federal and state governments to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus has not been lifted for the Easter celebration.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Mohammed Adamu and published on the Force’s Twitter page on Thursday.
According to the IGP, large congregational worship activities still remain suspended in Lagos and Ogun states, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as well as other states where the sub-national governments declared a lockdown.
He explained that the circumstances regarding the Coronavirus have forced government at all levels to place restrictions on human gatherings, including religious gatherings.
The statement read: “While felicitating with the Nigerian Christian Community, as Christendom commemorates the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the IGP calls on religious leaders in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT) as well as other States affected by the restriction orders, to continue to cooperate with relevant government agencies and use their leadership positions to encourage worshippers to observe Prayers and Worship Programs in the confines of their homes.
“He notes that the call has become necessary in order to curtail the community spread of the COVID-19 pandemic which has immensely challenged humanity across all spheres of life.
“The IGP expresses deep concerns that for the first time in the annals of our history, circumstances have compelled us to emplace restrictions on social gatherings, which inevitably is also affecting religious programs of all faiths.”
Adamu asked all Nigerians, particularly Christians, to preserve and view the restrictions in the light of the symbolism of Easter, which he said, connotes sacrifice, tolerance, perseverance, love and ultimate triumph.
The IGP also directed Commissioners of Police in states where the social restriction orders have been emplaced to continue with the due enforcement of the orders during the Easter celebration, which begins on Friday with Good Friday.
He also reassured Nigerians that the members of the police force will professional and ensure public safety and security during the Easter period and beyond.