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Easter: Coronavirus ‘ll be defeated with prayers, precautions -Bamidele

From Priscilla Ofunre, Ado-Ekiti 
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Right and Legal Matters, Opeyemi Bamidele, has said COVID-19 would be defeated if Nigerians can make fervent prayer supplications and adhere strictly to precautionary measures stipulated by the World Health Organisation and the Nigerian government.

The Senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District
urged Christians to cooperate with government through strict adherence to the precautions on personal hygiene and social distancing in all the places of worship and social gathering, to curtail the spread of the lethal disease.

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Bamidele, in his congratulatory message to Christians on Friday, on the occasion of Easter celebration, commemorating the death of Jesus Christ, advised that government needed the assistance of the believers in Christ at this precarious time of its history.
He said the death of Jesus Christ typified the supreme price paid to save the world from conflagration and total destruction and this, he said must be brought to bear to safeguard the nation at this time.
The Lawnaker added that declaring personal and collective fasting and prayers and keeping to social hygiene routines practices will only be in tandem with the sacrifices made by the saviour for man to live in joy and happiness, if embraced.
Bamidele appealed to Christians to cohabit peacefully with other Nigerians and celebrate with moderation and modesty, in view of the current unfortunate position the nation and the global community find themselves.
“Since Nigeria’s independence, we had had many challenging and daunting times, but the issue of Coronavirus seems to be the most dangerous and terrifying as both human and economy are gravely endangered by a strange disease that has become a pandemic.
“But as serious as the situation is, we can and we shall overcome with prayers and precautions, because the Holy Book made us realise that blessed are those that live and walk in the righteous path and they shall be called the sons of God.
“The  Israelites faced more excruciating pains in the Bible, but with strong and unflagging belief in Psalms 27, 121 and Isaiah 41: 31, they overcame and triumphed over their adversities.

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“Jesus Christ had come and did his best through propagation of those ideals that can save us, time has come for us to demonstrate those ideals taught to make us subdue the current situation and live in perpetual joy after victory.
” Christ wanted us to live in peace and joy and that prompted his cricifixion and death on the Cross. But the joy and victory can only come when we are holy and do the right thing.
“I felicitate with our Christian brothers and pray that the Lord we all serve will use this celebration and prayers offered to bring the menace of COVID-19 to an end.”