The Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde and the Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has called on all to pray for divine intervention in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Makinde in a statement by Taiwo Adisa, his Chief Press Secretary, said residents, especially those of the Christian faith, should use the opportunity of the Easter season to engage in more prayers for the state and Nigeria in general.
Makinde, also urged the people to imbibe the lessons of sacrifice and love which are the hallmarks of Easter.
“Jesus Christ enormously demonstrated the height of sacrifice and true love for humanity through His death and resurrection.
“Sacrifice, love and increased prayers are important at a critical time like this, when the world is fighting the novel Covid-19 pandemic.” .
The governor, while noting his administration is doing all to protect it’s citizens said he regretted that people could not celebrate the Easter festivity as they wanted due to the restriction order.
“I also want to assure residents of the state that the present administration is doing everything possible to protect them and to ensure that the Easter festivity goes on as seamless as possible.
“As we celebrate the Easter season, it is another opportunity to offer more prayers to God to heal the world by granting wisdom and direction to humanity on a solution to Covid-19.
“As the Bible makes it clear that effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much, I am sure that our prayers can go a long way at this critical period.
“Also, as a people, this season offers us the opportunity to put into practice the lessons of sacrifice and love, which are the reasons for Easter.
“It is my sincere prayer that God in His infinite mercy will heal our lands and make these trying times to pass over us in a short while. I felicitate you all and wish you a Happy Easter,” Makinde said.
Governor Ikpeazu also made the call in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka.
He urged Christians to consider the Easter celebration as a period for renewal of hope and faith in the ability of God to intervene in the affairs of humanity.
Ikpeazu called on Christians to remain steadfast by not to allowing the difficulties and challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to make them lose sight of the power of God.
He also urged Christians to reaffirm their confidence in God and continually pray for protection of the state and nation at large.
“A new Isolation Center will be ready very shortly in Aba as an addition to what is presently available at the two locations in Umuahia while the one in Abia North will be ready soon.
“I am thankful to men and women of goodwill who have so far answered the clarion call and have reached out to the people of our state by their generous donations at this difficult period.
“I pray that God Almighty will bless them and replenish their resources. The palliative food items and cash given to churches by the state government will continue and be extended to our people further through town unions and traditional rulers in the days ahead.
“I urge the recipient organisations to apply the highest discretion in the distribution of the items,” Ikpeazu added.
He, therefore, advised the people of Abia to continually practise personal hygiene as directed by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in order to sustain the state’s current zero COVID-19 status.