By Alapa Hyacinth
Following the lifting of the ban on places of worship across Nigeria, churches in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja reopened on Sunday.
Recall the federal government shut all doors to worship centres in the country in March as part of measures to quell the spread of coronavirus.
Our correspondent, Alapa Hyacinth, went round some churches in Abuja and observed that worshippers were few and adherence to distancing was in place during the service.
Speaking with TOWN CRIER, one of the church attendees, Mr. Norbert Khohol, expressed joy having to return to church after 3 months of staying at home.
“I am happy to be back to church after more than 3 months of lockdown. I feel so good to fellowship together with brethren again.”
In a sermon preached by the Lead Pastor of the Church International Karu, Mr. Austine Oviawe urged believers to be confident in the help of the Lord and assured his congregation that they will see the end of the virus. He led the congregation to pray for Nigeria and for the end of the pandemic ravaging the world.
A visit to Triumphant Church in Maitama equally saw our correspondent witnessed a low turnout of worshippers with strict adherence to safety protocols.
It was a similar sight at Christ Victory Life Church (CVLC) in Garki, as worshippers were excited to be back to church but the attendance was not what it used to be.
Despite the removal of the restriction on places of worship, the usual number of worshippers were quite low in churches within the FCT. The reason may not be far fetched given that people are apprehensive of the virus. Hence, the decision to avoid large gatherings.