The Nigeria inter-religious council (NIREC) has called on God’s intervention to stop the spread of the COVID 19 and put a permanent end to the pandemic.
In a statement by the Executive Secretary, Rev. Fr. Cornelius Omonokhua, NIREC since April 30, 2020 has been calling on all Christians and Muslims to take part in the national weekly prayer conducted online with zoom meeting every Thursday in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (OSGF), the Nigeria television authority (NTA) and UFUK Dialogue Foundation.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 who have done all that is humanly possible to animate and create awareness on how to keep safe from infection of the corona virus.
“The Constitution of NIREC highlights the duty of the Council to support the efforts of government. The representative of the two Principal Religions – Islam and Christianity in Nigeria voluntarily decided to come together to form an association on the 11th day of September, 1999, and the association having been inaugurated on the 29th day of September, 1999, guided by our divine revelations and the dictates of our CREATOR, determined, within the context of our religions, to forge inter-religious harmony and concord.
“NIREC firmly and solemnly resolved, within the confines of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to live in unity, harmony and peace for the welfare, security and prosperity of our people and our Nation under God (Preamble, Constitution of NIREC, as amended, 12th March, 2020, Page 3)
In furtherance of this effort, NIREC calls for three days fasting and prayers (July 3-5, 2020) for every Nigerian,” Omonokhua said.
Omonokhua added that the Muslims will begin on Friday 3, 2020 by praying in the ABUJA NATIONAL MOSQUE while the Christians will end the Prayer on Sunday July 5, 2020 in the NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE.
He said these prayers will respect social distance. NIREC calls on every body to seek the face of God in fasting and prayers for God to put an end to the COVID 19 pandemic.