A presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, has said the announcement of new restrictions on religious gatherings by the Federal Government to curb the new spike of COVID-19 is not an attempt to deny churches of offerings and tithes.
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 announced a limit on the number of persons allowed at such gatherings and others on Thursday.
The PTF chairman and also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, added that the use of face masks will be enforced.
He said, “Restrict all informal and formal festivity events including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, end of year events shall be restricted to not more than 50 persons.
“Limit all gatherings linked to religious events to less than 50 per cent capacity of the facility of use during which physical distancing; mandatory use of face masks shall be strictly enforced.”
Onochie said the decision “is a matter of life and death” as the restriction according to her “is not an evil government trying to take the joy off of Christmas.
“It’s not a way of denying church leaders their offerings and tithes.
“It’s not the government denying us the opportunity of seeing our families whom we have not seen for a while.
“This is not about Islam versus Christianity. Coronavirus has no religion,” she added.