Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has asked Christians to use the 2020 Easter to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Like Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said, “Our Churches may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined and his Gospel is not in chains. Even though we cannot worship together, each of us can seek God in the tabernacles of our hearts,”” said Lalong on Friday in Jos, the capital of Plateau State while launching a statewide fumigation exercise.
Lalong’s message coincides with his words to Christians on behalf of the Nigerian Northern Governors Forum where he said, “this year’s Easter provides us a special opportunity to connect with the Lord Jesus Christ and seek his face as we contain the Corona Virus pandemic which is ravaging the world.
“The unusual interruption in the celebration of Easter this year which has seen many people confined to their homes and many others battling for survival calls for prayers and repentance.”
The Governor at the launch of the State fumigation exercise said, “These are difficult and unusual times for not only Plateau State, but also the world at large,” said the State Governor.
Government, Lalong said will soon roll out palliative measures to assist the “weak and vulnerable” in the State.
This is the second time the Governor is mentioning palliatives for citizens.
Last two weeks, the Governor told State lawmakers in Jos that the State’s “COVID-19 Eradication Fund” was to care for the “vulnerable”
and ease “social challenges” caused by the virus.
In his remarks on Friday during the launch of the state fumigation however, the Governor did not state the source of funds for the palliatives.
He however said the State would soon get a COVID-19 testing center.
In his words, “Since the outbreak of the disease, our Government has taken several steps aimed at ensuring that the disease does not come into the State.
“We have also been preparing in the unfortunate event if any case is recorded in Plateau State so that we can respond appropriately.
“Although no case has been recorded yet in Plateau State as at today, we cannot relax. We have to remain vigilant and proactive.”