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NOSCEF calls for prayers against COVID-19, urges government to boost healthcare

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The Northern Christian Elders Forum (NOSCEF) has asked Nigerian leaders to learn some hard lessons from COVID-19 and invest heavily in the nation’s health care system.
In an Easter message issued on Saturday in Kaduna, the Christian body noted that for decades, the health sector was neglected because leaders and their family members travel abroad for medical treatment and little attention is paid to the health sector.
The message which was signed by Ejoga Inalegwu, NOSCEF Chairman, also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to take advantage of the pressure now being mounted on the Boko Haram terrorists (by Chad Republic), and facilitate the release of Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls still in captivity by the insurgents.
He called on Christians to pray fervently as the world battles for solutions to COVID-19 which is threatening the entire human race.
He urged Christians to continue to play their roles in the ongoing efforts to stop the spread of the disease by adhering strictly to the rules on social distancing and personal hygiene.
He said Easter calls for a sober reflection on the sacrifices made by Jesus Christ, stressing that now is the “time for deep reflection because this Easter came at a time the world is facing a calamity, brought about by the deadly Coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world.”
Enalegu said “This is the time that we must turn to God in fervent prayers as the world battles for solutions to this pandemic that is threatening the entire human race.
“We need to seek the face of God in prayers even as governments and scientists across the world search for the remedy to it.
“Christians must continue to play their role in the ongoing efforts to stop the spread of the disease by complying with all the rules on social distancing…
“Nevertheless, in spite of the predicament facing us, Christians must continue to love and care for our neighbours, as well as make sacrifices that will change our communities and country…”
“Where State Governments have offered windows for the celebration, we commend their courage and urge our brethren to still abide responsibly and strictly by the guidelines of social distancing, handwashing, sanitizing and mouth/nose covering during the celebration, so that we donot put our lives on line.
“We call on our brethren in states where there is lockdown, to celebrate in their homes, while also adhering strictly to the guidelines against the spread of the disease”.
According to him, “For decades, the health sector has been neglected because our leaders and their family members travel abroad for medical treatment. “Therefore very little attention was paid to the nation’s healthcare system.
“It is our sincere prayers that our leaders will learn some hard lessons from this calamity, which is not a respecter of person, to invest heavily in the health sector, when we come out of this pandemic.”
He disclosed that, NOSCEF had reached out with a token of bags of rice worth N3.4m for distribution to very needy brethren in 17 states in the North, where NOSCEF has structures, to celebrate Easter.
“While wishing Nigerians a happy Easter celebration, we continue to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to take advantage of the pressure under which Boko Haram is now, and facilitate the release of Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls still in their custody” he added.

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