The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, has directed the Commissioners of Police in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states to continue enforcing the lockdown order during the 2020 Easter celebrations.
The IGP, in a statement on signed on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, called on the Christian leaders to continue to cooperate with relevant government agencies during the period, in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus across the country.
The statement read: “While felicitating with the Nigerian Christian Community, as Christendom commemorates the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the IGP calls on religious leaders in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as other States affected by the restriction orders, to continue to cooperate with relevant government agencies and use their leadership positions to encourage worshippers to observe Prayers and Worship Programs in the confines of their homes.”
He noted that the call has become necessary in order to curtail the community spread of the COVID-19 pandemic which has immensely challenged humanity across all spheres of life.
“The IGP expresses deep concerns that for the first time in the annals of our history, circumstances have compelled us to emplace restrictions on social gatherings, which inevitably is also affecting religious programs of all faiths.
“He, therefore, enjoins Nigerians to see the restrictions in the light of the symbolism of Easter which connotes sacrifice, tolerance, perseverance, love and ultimate triumph,” Mr Mba added.
Meanwhile, the IGP reassured the citizenry that Nigerian police would remain steadfast and committed in ensuring public safety and security during the Easter period and beyond.