COVID-19: Why unvaccinated worshippers can’t be barred from worship places -CAN

Written by on September 1, 2021

The Christian Association of Nigeria has said that worshippers have a right to decide whether they want to take the COVID-19 vaccine or not.

CAN’s position was contained in a statement titled, ‘Political leaders should learn to Tolerate Citizens’ Criticism of Policies and Programmes of Government”, by the association’s President, Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, on Wednesday August 31 2021.

Ayokunle explained that it was improper for the government to make the taking of COVID-19 vaccines compulsory for Muslim and Christain worshippers.

Reacting to the recent Edo, Ondo barring of unvaccinated people, Ayokunle urged the government to embark on enlightenment instead of “coercing” people to take the vaccine.

He said, “On the other hand, CAN urges the government of Edo State to rescind its plan to bar people who could not show the evidence of vaccination from entering the church, mosques and public events centres beginning from this month of September.

“While we fully support vaccination, we equally recognize that vaccination depends on individual choice. In view of the foregoing, coercing people into getting vaccinated is a violation of the fundamental right of each individual.

“Let the government and all of us be emphasizing the observance of COVID-19 protocols all the time. The vaccines available now in the country through the Federal Government is far below the population of Nigeria need the vaccine.

“We call for improved sustainable public enlightenment, synergy and strategy in the management of the situation. Let wisdom and sound judgment prevail.

“May the Lord wipe away the infection from Nigeria quickly and from all over the globe in Jesus’ name.”

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