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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has retracted the order permitting churches and even mosques in the State to resume for religious activities.

He stated he had actually made discussions with relevant stakeholders, including leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria and Jamatu Nasiru Islam on the matter.

“You need to be alive before you can worship,” he stated.


He explained that the decision to change to status quo was based upon the apprehension expressed by the Federal Government over decisions by some state governments to resume religious activities.

He stated the federal government, as the custodian of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), had all the needed details on the viral infection and also just how to control its spread.

According to him, “as a state that belongs of the federal government, we can not take decisions that go against the shared standing of the federal government.”

Ortom announced the canceling of the order on Saturday in Makurdi during the weekly reports briefing on activities of the Covid-19 Quick Response Team, NAN reports.

COVID-19: Gov. Ortom revokes order on re-opening of churches, mosques, Benue markets

He, therefore, demanded understanding from the Benue citizens over the decision to rescind the order allowing religious activities.

Ortom also announced that Mrs Elizabeth Apedzan, a former government legislator, who tested positive for Covid-19 had been released.

He, therefore, appealed to those with signs similar to that of Covid-19 to obtain themselves for testing.


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