Wike urges Christians in Rivers state to have Easter Church Services with their full congregation on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
Governor Nyesom Wike of River State and three other governors have relaxed the restriction order on religious gatherings in their state because of Easter celebration.
In a statement on Thursday, Wike urged Muslims in the state to observe Jumaat prayers on Friday.
He also encouraged all Christians in Rivers state to have Easter Church Services with their full congregation on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
He added that other restrictions, including the closure of markets, night-clubs, cinemas, beer parlours, public burials, weddings, parks as well as the closure of air, land, and sea routes into the state, remained in force until further notice.
Also, Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom state has relaxed its 14 days restriction order in the state to enable Christians to celebrate this year’s Easter.
Although the restriction order was relaxed because of the Easter celebration, the state government warned that all religious gathering must not be more than 20 worshippers, including the Pastors and Choir group.
Worshippers were also urged to wear face masks and observe social distancing during the holiday.
Earlier, in Katsina state, Governor Aminu Masari had ordered partial relaxation of the lockdown order on religious activities, particularly Friday Jumaat prayers and sunday services.
The governor in a statement said Jumaat and Sunday services in the state would now be observed under strict health and security guidelines.
Similarly, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, approved the request of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state to observe the Easter Sunday worship in various churches across the state.