Nigerians have taken to social media to call out Biodun Fatoyinbo, the senior pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, after he stated that service will hold on Sunday in his church in Abuja.
This is despite a restriction placed on social gatherings and worship centres by the federal capital territory to avoid endangering the lives of people in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
In a post on his Instagram page, Fatoyinbo assured members that the services would be held in a “clean, hygienic and safe atmosphere”.
“We are geared up to excitedly receive you tomorrow 22nd of March by 7:30am at our #CentrePointCampus, Evelyn Event Centre, Gwarinpa,” he wrote.
“Worshippers can be assured of our unwavering commitment to a clean and conducive environment for service. Your safety is paramount to us and we are complying with the directives of the FCT administration by ensuring:
Temperatures are measured using electronic thermometers
Availability of alcohol-based sanitizers
A considerable space between worshippers
Effective airflow systems
Above all, the blood of Jesus serves us from this pestilence.”
Ramatu Tijjani-Aliyu, the minister of state of FCT, had announced that schools be closed in addition to the restriction of large gatherings.
COZA won’t be the only church with loads of people in attendance tomorrow. I bet other churches are going to be full to capacity as well.
Malaysia had 153 new Coronavirus cases today; most traced to religious gatherings.
Gatherings should be a no-no for now. BE WISE. STAY SAFE!
— E (@iamOkon) March 21, 2020
If you are one of those attending COZA's "covenant of protection" service tomorrow, my advice is, it is NOT TOO LATE to be smarter than Biodun Fatoyinbo by staying at home, #StayHomeSaveLives
Abuja has 3 confirmed #coronavirus cases, it takes JUST 1 PERSON to spread the virus. https://t.co/nFj3gcZyCqpic.twitter.com/91q1kVARcf
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) March 21, 2020
You know the funny thing? COZA Dubai is doing service online. They can respect authorities in Dubai but it's COZA Guzape and Gwarimpa they want to use Blood of Jesus for.
— Bolouere (@boluxxxx) March 21, 2020
Is it too extreme to cut someone off because they attend Coza?
— Kiki Mordi (@kikimordi) March 21, 2020