Archbishop of the Enugu Province and Bishop of Enugu Anglican Diocese, identified as Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, on Sunday, April 5, said the Province will not shut any of its branches over the Coronavirus pandemic.
Rev Emmanuel Chukwuma further stated that shutting the church at a time like this would mean giving the devil an opportunity to ravage the people and the country.
Bishop Chukwuma disobeyed the order of the government to close churches and places of worship. The Bishop said it is wrong to categorise church and worship centres with drinking parlours, night clubs, markets and companies.
He further emphasized that he would not shut the churches because he is not the owner, as the church belongs to Jesus Christ, stressing that if people were stopped from “running to their God in worship in a time like now the whole world is in confusion, where would they run to for safety, help and deliverance?”
The Archbishop, who was responding to the disruption of worship in some Anglican churches in Enugu, warned security operatives to stop discouraging members of the Anglican Church from worshipping in their church buildings, insisting that he had ensured that all hygienic protocols and social distancing practices were kept for the good of the people.
Bishop Chukwuma had this to say;
“I have told them (Police) not to try it again unless they want more trouble for themselves and their families. There is no way you can ask the church of God to stop when we need prayers to bring healing upon the land, especially when we are faced with a problem as serious as coronavirus that has defied every human solution.
“It is wrong on the government to send police after worshippers. I think if they are serious, what they should do is to ensure that the hygiene protocol is kept, that the social distancing order is also kept, while encouraging those at the altar to pray the country out. What can man do under this circumstance without God? What can even the President or our scientists do in this trying time without God? It is wrong for people to think that we will not find answers to what has befallen us through prayers. So, I want to warn that whoever is behind the disruption should stop in his own interest.
“The last thing I will do at this time is to close the doors of my church building. In my Cathedral, we worshipped today and we will observe all the Palm Sunday and Easter activities. I will worship on Monday, Thursday as well as the Easter Sunday. It will be sad on anybody who tried to stop us because. We’re doing what we are supposed to do.”