COVID-19: CAN Declares State-wide 3-day Fasting and Prayer

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Worried about the sudden daily increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the State, Nigeria and across the globe, as well as the rising death toll accompanying it, the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared a 3-day fasting and prayer exercise for the offer of intercessory prayers for God’s mercies and healing of the land.

The State Chapter Chairman of the Association, Rev. Ndueso Ekwere made this known to newsmen recently in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, noting that all was not well about the recent ugly development.

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Rev. Ndueso who also observed that the spate of casualties has become a major concern to governments, organizations, institutions and individuals, stressed that the church cannot watch the play out of events in silence with her arms folded.

The clergy man referred to experts’ description of the second wave of the virus as being in the community transmission stage and called on Christians across the state to observe a three day fast beginning from Friday, January 22 to Sunday, January 24, breaking each day depending on one’s ability, using the later part of verse 5 of Psalm 52 in their prayers.

Recalling the State Governor’s message at the recent Saturday morning prayers at the Government House where the Governor noted that the pandemic had a spiritual dimension which must be tackled spiritually through prayers, Rev. Ndueso urged Christians to pray fervently that God uproots the virus from the land and deliver it from the bondage of the captor.

Relaying the sympathies of CAN to families affected by the virus, the religious leader called on church leaders across the state to ensure strict adherence to covid-19 preventive measures including adhering to physical distancing during church services, provision of hand washing facilities, effective hand sanitizers and ensuring that members adhere to use of face masks.