Residents troop into Rivers market as Wike relaxes restrictions on religious gatherings (Watch Video)

Port Harcourt residents on Friday trooped into a popular market in Rumuokoro area of Rivers state to shop for the Easter celebration and stock the house with more foodstuffs in spite of the ban on large gatherings in the state.

The Rivers State Government had on Thursday temporarily relaxed the restrictions on large religious gatherings to enable Christians to carry out their religious obligations during the Easter Period.

In a State Broadcast on Thursday, Governor Wike said the directive also permits the Muslim Community to observe their Jumaat Prayers within the period.

He said: “In the Spirit of Easter, therefore, and after a careful review of the state of COVID 19 situation in our State, we have decided to temporarily relax the restriction on large religious gathering, as follows: “Friday 10th April 2020 – all Moslem faithfuls should observe Juma’at prayers in their mosques or prayer grounds throughout the State and pray for the peace, forgiveness and the blessings of Allah upon the State. “Sunday 12th April 2020 – all Christians should have Easter Church Services with their full congregation and pray to God to forgive us of our sins, continue to intervene in our affairs and protect the State and our people from the Coronavirus. ”For the avoidance of doubt, the relaxation on mass religious gathering is limited only to the afore-mentioned respective dates.” “All other restrictions, including the closure of markets, night-clubs, cinemas, beer parlours, public burials, weddings, parks as well as the closure of our air, land, and sea routes into the State, shall remain in force until further notice. “Once again, thank you for your support and cooperation as we work collectively to keep our dear Rivers State safe and secure from Coronavirus and other afflictions”, he said. ” I wish you all a happy Easter celebration, while trusting on your prayers for God to heal our land and see us through.” Governor Wike said all the measures implemented by the Rivers State Government since March 24, 2020 to check the spread of coronavirus have yielded results.

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