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COVID-19: Easter, a season of sacrifice for humanity— CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says  Christians have to regard this year’s Easter as a season of sacrifice by  humanity due to the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world .

The Chairman  of Kaduna State chapter of CAN,Rev John Hayab, said this in an interview with the  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Kaduna.

Hayab said that  Easter used to  remind Christians how  Jesus Christ atoned  for the salvation of the whole world and humanity in general. “As Christians, we are expected to love,care and make sacrifices that will change our homes, churches, communities and the  nation. “No sacrifice is too much for the good of all mankind.

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“Jesus Christ, our example, accepted the pains and sufferings on the cross to make our lives better and gaive us hope and assurance of salvation and eternity for mankind,” he said. According to Hayab, this year’s Easter  has come at a time the world  is facing  a devastating pandemic  and over 1.5million  people have  been infected with Coronavirus all over the world and close to  300 of them are in Nigeria.

He said that there were  cases of people who had died and some recovering from the dreaded disease . “This calls for more sacrifices from all of us. “Sacrifice to stay at home and stay safe. Sacrifice to observe social and physical distancing”, he said. He also appealed to the  residents of the state to obey the guidelines that would prevent them from contacting COVID-19. He said the residents should always  wash their   hands  with soap and running  water  as well as follow all the advice that the government’s committee on COVID-19, healthcare  workers and NCDC had given.

Hayab said,  “It takes sacrifice and discipline to strictly follow the guidelines but it will be  profitable for us if we follow them. “CAN chapter in  Kaduna State wishes to acknowledge the sacrifices being made by the  health workers, security agencies ,government officials, religious leaders and all stakeholders  since COVID-19 started in Nigeria. “We wish to sincerely appeal to all citizens to redouble the sacrifices they are making to help restore good health and good living into our society.

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“Easter would have been meaningless without  the sacrifice made by Jesus  Christ.“We are, therefore, using this medium to call on all the leaders of various faith-based organisations ,to intensify prayers for our country, our leaders, health workers and those enforcing the lockdown orders for God to protect them and grant us victory over COVID-19.”

Hayab said that as Kaduna State and some others would be  observing this year’s Easter ceremonies in  their different homes because of the lockdown, they should regard it as sacrifice  for the well-being of the country. He said that the people  should also rejoice  because they  would be  performing  an act  that would please Jesus, the chief celebrant at Easter. “May God accept our sacrifices, heal all victims of COVID-19  and restore peace and stability to  our country and  the whole world this Easter,” he said. (NAN)