The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had warned churches against holding Christmas Carols and other gatherings during the festive period in order to curb a second wave of the coronavirus.
However, in a statement on Wednesday, CAN Vice-Chairman (Northern region), Rev. John Hayab described the warning as insensitive, saying it was not right for the government to threaten a ban on Christmas carol without consulting the leadership of the church.
“Christians have been holding worship services and observing all Federal Government protocols, and other medical advice on coronavirus since the lockdown was relaxed and worship centres were reopened,” the statement reads.
“So, what we expected from the PTF was advice for continued compliance by religious bodies and the general public to the already established protocols.
“But to mention Christmas Carol or suggest a ban only shows how insensitive some privileged government officials can be.
“The Church is doing more than what the PTF has requested us to do till now, and church leaders are still encouraging followers to practice those protocols both at home, market and anywhere there were more than ten persons.
“CAN remains ready and willing to work with, and help the PTF and all other relevant agencies to sensitize our congregations to observe any new or additional protocols to stop the spread of the virus, but the message from the PTF about the Christmas Carol is wrong and poorly timed.”
KanyiDaily recalls that a few months ago, CAN President, Dr Samson Ayokunle has lamented about the lack of financial and moral discipline among Christians and church leaders in the country.