Gov. Wike cancels Easter Concession for Churches in Rivers

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has cancelled a concession granted to churches in the state to hold Easter service amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

It will be recalled that the governor had relaxed the lockdown order put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 for Christian faithful to attend service this Easter.

However, after severe criticisms from Nigerians, the Rivers state government, in a statement signed by its commissioner for Information, Paul Nsirim, announced on Saturday afternoon, that the concession has been cancelled.

“The Rivers State Government has cancelled the concession granted churches to hold Easter Church Services with their full congregations.”

“This decision was taken after due consultations with eminent clergymen, well-meaning Nigerians and civil society groups.”

“For the avoidance of doubt, churches should stick to the 50 persons per service to maintain social distancing.” the statement read.

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