Curfew: Bishop Ezeokafor Harps on Safety Protocols

By Abuchi Onwumelu

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has charged Ndi Anambra to adhere strictly to the safety protocols prescribed to fight COVID-19, warning that the second wave of the pandemic is real and deadlier.

The charge is coming at a time when the Anambra State Government had announced a curfew between 9pm and 6am and banning all night club activities as a way of curtailing the spread of the virus.

Bishop Ezeokafor who spoke to Fides at St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, insisted that God only helped those who helped themselves.

‘One of the wrong impressions that people give is saying there is nothing like COVID-19. It is a reality that is there, and it is tested and proven. The second wave is here and I will advise everybody to take precautions and adhere to safety protocols.

‘They may be burdensome but we have to do it to be safe. You cannot say because you are coming to church, you will not prevent yourself. People can tell you it is the church, and nothing can happen in the church, but I advise for self-preservation. You cannot say because you’re in church, you will not wear good clothing against cold weather,’ he said.

On whether the Church would amend her rules of celebrating masses as a way to beat the second wave, he said it would be determined by the intensity, pointing out that the Church remained vigilant.