The Aso Villa Chapel, where Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and other Christians within the Presidential Villa, Abuja, worship, was shut down on Sunday, March 22, over the spread of the coronavirus across Nigeria.
The Chapel held its Sunday Service online, in compliance with social distancing rules of the government, as Nigeria continues to contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).
It was learnt that the Service which was live-streamed to members across the world, was not physically attended.
Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, disclosed the development via Twitter, and explained that less than ten persons were physically available.
He added: “We were blessed with the live streaming, kudos to the Villa Chaplain, and the less than 10 people (number of staff on the ground) that made it happen.”
The development came days after the Federal Government of Nigeria banned public gatherings, especially social and religious ones, that bring more than 50 people together.
With the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country now put at 27, some Nigerians applauded the Aso Villa Chapel, and urged other Churches and Religious groups, to emulate the Chapel.
Kate Nnaji described the action as leading by example, saying: “This is leadership by example. Social distancing is the way forward. Let us prevent the spread of this virus, it will help to overcome faster.”
Another user, Eniola Opeyemi, shared a similar sentiment. “Leadership by example. This is what I expect all other Religious Leaders to do across the nation, to teach their members to be law abiding”, she said.