The Founder and General Overseer for Resurrection Praise Ministry for Africa Worldwide – Archbishop Samson Mustapha Benjamin has urged Nigerians to adhere strictly to public health experts advises on ways to avoid contracting the ravaging corona virus.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos today, the clergy man noted it would be ill-advised for government to ease the lock-down now considering the increase in the rate of the virus in the country. He however advised the government to ensure equitable distribution of palliatives to the vulnerable in the country for a total lock-down to be effective.
Samson stated, “I urge people to engage more in preventive measures such as eating healthy food, taking vitamin C, social distancing and proper hygiene to beat the virus”.
The Archbishop spoke against religious leaders calling for church re-opening. In his words “I am not criticizing anyone but to be honest, it is a wrong thing to open religious institutions at this period”
He opined that it would be good if the government can organize a meeting with religious leaders, companies and well-meaning Nigerians to in other to map out proper plans towards covering all deserving areas in the state where the poor can be reached so as to make available for them lock-down palliatives. “If not, I fear that a complete lockdown will not be easy to adhere to in a country where majority of the people are daily income earners” he said.
The religious leader was also quick to call for full re-opening of markers since that is where most of essential services are rendered. On the controversial vaccine as a means to ensuring adequate prevention against the virus, the archbishop was emphatic as he stood against the idea. “I am also absolutely against the vaccine that wants to be introduced into Africa from abroad, I do not believe it is best for us and we will resist it. Some of us resisted the Disease Control Bill that was brought to the House of Assembly because it took away all your right as an individual. The quarantine Law of 2004 gives you a Civil Right and your Human Right but the Bill takes away such rights and gives the power solely to the government. We thank the honourable minister for listening to our cries and putting the Bill aside until it is properly scrutinized and ensures safety of health”. He said.