CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS BEYOND PRAYERS… EZEONWUKA
The Spiritual leader of Igbo nation, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, says prayer cannot save the masses from the adverse effects of COVID-19.
Ezeonwuka, who argued that relying on prayer alone may put one in harm’s way, urged the public to disregard religious leaders who are only calling for prayers against coronavirus, saying that prayers were ineffective to the deadly disease.
According to Ezeonwuka, pastors claiming that prayers can eliminate coronavirus pandemic were fake and could take advantage of the fear of COVID-19 to lure and extort money from unsuspecting members of the public.
He advised people to follow government’s directives and guidelines to contain the spread of COVID-19 such as wearing of face mask, washing of hands with soap and running water, using sanitiser and keeping social distance, noting that Churches have not resumed in Europe where Christianity originated and wondered why yhey should be opened in Nigeria in spite of the danger.
“Let me make it clear to the general public, Prayer is neither the solution nor a means by which Coronavirus will be contained. Anyone spreading such deceptive message must be an agent of Lucifer. Churches are still under lock and key in Europe where the Churches originated, if prayer can deal with Coronavirus why can’t they open Churches in Europe and be praying?” he asked.
Ezeonwuka enjoined law enforcement agents including community vigilante outfits to beam their search light on what he termed “mushroom Churches and arrest any pastor and his followers who fail to adhere to the directive and guidelines against the spread of Coronavirus“
He also called on State Governors to approve interstate movement of food items and livestock through way bills for availability of food items to people, as well as allow farmers transport their agric produce from their farm to markets.