Presidential aide Lauretta Onochie says the new restrictions on religious gatherings announced by the Federal Government to curb the spread of COVID-19 is not to deny churches of offerings and tithes.
She tweeted this on Tuesday in reaction to the announcement on Monday by the presidential task force on COVID-19.
Chairman of the task force Boss Mustapha told a news conference: “Limit all gatherings linked to religious events to less than 50 per cent capacity of the facility of use during which physical distancing; mandatory use of face masks shall be strictly enforced.”
Several other restrictions were given including the closure of bars, nightclubs and others.
In reaction, Mrs Onochie said that the decision “is a matter of life and death.”
According to her, “this is not an evil government trying to take the joy off of Christmas.
“It’s not a way of denying church leaders their offerings and tithes.”
She added: “It’s not the government denying us the opportunity of seeing our families whom we have not seen for a while.
“This is not about Islam versus Christianity. Coronavirus has no religion.”