Dr Abdul-Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, the United States, US-trained Infectious Disease Specialist has repressed at the federal government’s actions to remove the restriction on religious services, during the  pandemic corona virus in Nigeria.

Dr Tafawa Balewa explained that, the decision to relax the suspension on social gatherings as “premature.”

Remember that, the Federal Government of Nigerian had declared the soften of limitation on religious service few weeks ago.

Boss Mustapha, The Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF) disclosed this during a daily briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who is the Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 had revealed that the suspension of the restrictions was for four weeks.

But, Tafawa-Balewa cautioned that gradual soften of the restrain on religious service may further intricate the issues.

Tafawa Balewa statement read in parts: “The NCDC and the government must agree to talk with religious bodies, by advising them that as much as people may want to go for services, they still need to adhere to social distancing.

“This is the politically correct answer but, in truth, if all the major religions in Nigeria believe in God’s ubiquity and omnipresence, why would people not pray in their own homes and do without the social part of congregational prayers for a while for things to get better, and for the clergy to understand this as an accompanying austerity to the act of God, that the pandemic is. If we are as God fearing/loving as our outward ardour indicates, this should be no problem.”

The Infectious Disease Specialist cautioned that, Nigeria lacks of proper healthcare to handle COVID-19 outbreak that may occur as a result of soften the shutdown prematurely.

He added: “But the truth is we don’t have the healthcare capacity to take care of any explosion than what we have now, so I would prefer the government should be brave enough to say, ‘look this is about taking care of my people and we need to have social distancing until it gets better’.

“Easing the lockdown now is premature, looking at Ogun State, they are known for parties in the Southwest but the Governor was smart enough to place a lock down during the weekends because that is when people are most likely to come together. I think the systematic lockdown for when people are most likely to get together is a lot more sensible than what is being done nationally now.”

Tafawa Balewa said that, the government had not make a proper awareness for Nigerians on identifying those who died of the virus.

Tafawa Balewa said: “There are so many different aspects and facets to this, one of the things the government has not done enough is to let the public know that these are real humans, you may have seen some adverts on your phone that people with COVID-19 are humans and you should be careful but i’ts still so abstract. When they buy adverts on television stations they grieve with those that have lost loved ones to COVID-19 by showing pictures of the deceased, it will make people come closer, more people that know them will recognise them, and make them more human, which will psychologically help to further prevent the virus.

“Since we don’t know if we have reached our peak or not, easing lockdown might complicate the situation because there will be more inelastic collisions (transmissions) meaning more people with COVID-19 will meet those that don’t have it and they will have more of this infection and eventually more people will get sick.

“We might have been getting to a peak, but now it feels as if we are just playing Russian roulette.”

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