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Awogu to Priests in Ogbaru Don’t Officiate Any Burial With More than 30 Mourners

… Distributes Hundreds of Face Masks to Worshipers

The Council Chairman of Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, Hon. Arinzechukwu Awogu has frowned at fragrant disobedience to directives on social distancing and large gathering and urged the church to be at the forefront in the fight against Covid-19 by observing all preventive measures.

Speaking during Church service to mark the 12th Anniversary of New Life Anglican Church, Imeogbe Odekpe, where he also shared hundreds of face masks as part of preventive measures, he called for strict adherence to government directives on preventing the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus.

“Religion, as the opium of the masses should lead in the campaign for public safety and well-being. It is the seemingly inability of some churches to implement safety directives that has made some worshipers to worship at home.

“People are afraid of their safety: put running water, observe social distancing, ensure people wear face masks in your church and you will see more worshipers come into the church to worship,” the Council Chairman stressed.

Hon. Awogu admonished Priests in the Local Government not to officiate any burial that has more than 30 mourners.

“If you are to officiate in any burial and you notice that the mourners are more than 30, advise the bereaved family to comply with the rules and if they fail, then quietly exit from the burial,” he stated.

Hon. Awogu affirmed that government is now out to deal decisively with those caught in the chain of disobedience to directives on Covid-19 including the church and its leadership.

The Council Chairman added that families of the bereaved will now be held responsible if more than 30 persons are seen in their burial event at a particular time.

“Bereaved families can not be allow to continue putting our towns’ President Generals and Ndi-Igwe in trouble because of their unyielding dispositions to government instructions on burials.”

Re-echoing the position of the Ogbaru Chairman, the Archdeacon of Odekpe Archdeaconry, Venerable Elochukwu Obieke, said that the church and government are on the same page in the fight against Covid-19, assuring that the church will continue to encourage the people to abide by all instructions given by government in preventing Coronavirus for their own good.

He thanked the Ogbaru Local Government Chairman for providing the church with free face masks.

The 12th Anniversary service of the church was used to appreciate and recognize some outstanding members of the church among whom was Mrs. Virginia M. Otogbolu Chukwurah, the mother of Hon. Udoka Chukwurah.

The service had in attendance, Dr. Tony Nwoye, former member representing Anambra East and West Federal Constituency; Hon. Somto Udeze, member representing Ogbaru 2 Constituency (Anambra State House of Assembly), who were both represented and many other dignitaries.

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