Following the restrictions placed by the Federal Government on social gathering in the heat of the second wave of COVID-19, Lauretta Onochie an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari has cleared that the government is not trying to deprive Nigerians of Christmas celebration.
Onochie who reacted to the development said that the restriction placed by the Federal government is not a way of denying church leaders offerings and tithes.
According to her, the fresh restrictions was not a move by the federal government to deny Nigerians the opportunity of seeing their loved ones.
Further stating that the development had nothing to do with religious differences, Onochie warned that COVID-19 has no religion.
"This is not an evil government trying to take the joy off of Christmas.
“It’s not a way of denying church leaders their offerings and tithes.
“It’s not the government denying us the opportunity of seeing our families whom we have not seen for a while.
“This is not about Islam versus Christianity. Coronavirus has no religion,” she said.
Recall that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had on Monday announced a fresh restriction on social gathering in the heat of the second wave of COVID-19.
Announcing the development in a statement on Monday, Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 also revealed that a 5 weeks restriction had been placed on the religious and social gatherings.
“Encourage virtual meetings in government offices. The leadership of such offices are to ensure that all offices are well-ventilated offices, and encourage staff to work from home where possible;
“All government staff on GL.12 and below are to stay at home for the next 5 weeks; Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executives are to be held accountable for enforcing NPI rules in their domains with frequent spot checks;
“The PTF on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Education expects that schools would have vacated from the 18th December 2020 and remain closed till at least the 18th of January, 2021 to enable the measures introduced to take effect;
“All persons above the age of 60yrs and/or with comorbidities are to be encouraged to stay at home and avoid crowds;
“All non-essential travels both domestic and international during the holiday season are seriously discouraged,” Mustapha said.