SGF Boss Mustapha in church
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha has described as worrisome how some Christians exhibit what he called ‘reckless confidence’ in the face of the ravaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mustapha spoke on Sunday at the Interdenominational Church Prayer Service, organised by the Nigeria Interreligious Council (NIREC) in Abuja. He said all Nigerians must realise that the pandemic has come to stay meaning that people have to take responsibility just as he stressed that the national response that the federal government has put in place was intended to protect the people of Nigeria. According to him, “It is not designed to afflict us. Every step we have taken as a PTF has been intended to provide for the good and welfare of the citizens,” he added.
In his message, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama described the mundane efforts to combat COVID-19 by Christians without drawing closer to God as panic spirituality.
He said, “As Christians, even in tough and challenging times we should know that God is in charge and more than we think. In the wake of disasters or grave danger, the tendency is to pray feverishly, but as soon as it passes, we return to ground zero of prayer. Obviously, this is a classic case of panic spirituality. We must not run to God only when in the face of danger. God gives us 168 hours a week, 1440 minutes a day, How much time do we spend in conversation with Him”?