The Nigerian barrister, Olusegun Bamgbose, who is the national coordinator of Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare three days of fasting and prayer for Christians and Muslims following the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country.
In a challenge to God, Bamgbose says, “COVID-19 is not beyond God’s intervention. If the virus is beyond God, then he is not the Almighty, but I strongly believe he is still the Almighty God and if we pray, the virus will disappear. The three days of fasting and prayer should be sit at home, except for those on essential duties. The Moslems and Christians should be practically involved. All hands must be on deck. If after the prayer and fasting, nothing tangible happens, then I’ll expect the Presidency to declare the nation an atheist one.”
Well, God can't say that he hasn't been warned.
Nigeria's Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, says the coronavirus disease currently ravaging the world is a punishment from God. In a tweet posted late on Wednesday, Keyamo said the affliction might be because the world has distorted God's vision.
"God has allowed COVID-19 to afflict the human race only to redirect our steps back to him. We have so distorted God’s Word to suit our own human weaknesses and satisfy our greed, even in supposed holy places. We should collectively ask for forgiveness and it will all end in praise," he posted.
In a follow-up tweet, he also urged Nigerians to follow all safety guidelines handed down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.