Covid-19: This Will Be The Hardest Weekend – Director-General, Nigeria Centre For Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Declares

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has appealed to Nigerians to continue to support the Federal Government in the fight against coronavirus in the country.

He made the appeal during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, on Friday, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

During his remarks, he revealed that it would be quite tough to celebrate Easter in the country, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, considering the measures put in place by the government to curb its spread, by way of a lockdown that ensures social distancing and restriction of movements.

He added that the restriction order on social gatherings, which includes Churches and Mosques, is however, in the best interest of Nigerians.

His words: “We are a socially intense people; we live on social interaction, we are known across the world for our music, our dance, our drama.

“We hold our religious gatherings very dear to our hearts, and there is no weekend more important for Christianity than this weekend.”

“There is no weekend that Christians are called upon to come together, than this weekend. So, there is no weekend, this will be hardest for us, the Christians among the Nigerian population, than this weekend.

“So, I really call on all of us, Nigerian Christians, Muslims, and whatever the religion that you have, we need to pay a short term price for a long term goal, and physical distancing is probably the most important tool.

“I would actually like to introduce a new term that probably better defines what we are trying to do.

“We move from the term social distancing, to physical distancing, because what we are suggesting is not for you to be socially apart from each other.  

“We are suggesting that we stay physically apart, but use technology and any other means available to you to actually increase your social relationships, because it is by increasing it through other means, that we can maintain our mental well-being, our relationships, as well as achieve our goals of keeping the virus apart from us.”

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