The Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Bauchi State Chapter, Reverend (Dr) Abraham Damina Dimeus has said that the deadly COVID-19 disease is real.
He urged Christians in the state to, as a matter of necessity, make themselves available for COVID-19 vaccine.
Rev Dimeus made the call on Sunday while addressing members of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) during the closing of the 2021 annual revival service at All Saints Methodist Church, Rafin Zurfi, Bauchi.
According to him, given the evidences of victims of the pandemic and the number of those who had died of complications of the dreaded disease, COVID-19 was real.
The CAN chairman told the faithful, “We cannot pretend not to be aware of the presence of COVID-19 pandemic in our midst.”
While lamenting that the Christian community in Bauchi State has been labelled as unsupportive of government efforts in fighting the pandemic in the state, Dimeus said there was insinuation in some quarters that some Christians were labelling COVID-19 vaccine as anti-Christ.
“In all the meetings we have attended on the COVID-19 vaccination, fingers are being pointed at us as people who are not supporting the government to fight the pandemic. We have to change this narrative by taking the vaccination,” the CAN chairman said.
He then disabused the minds of Christians against all the misconceptions on the vaccine, declaring that they were mere misconceptions which cannot be proved as they were only meant to scare people away.
“The vaccination for now is being given freely by the government. I bet you that a time is coming very soon when you will look for it even with your money but will not get it because by that time, it would have become an essential commodity which people will be scrabbling for. I appeal to you to please avail yourself to take it,” Dimeus declared.
He said that CAN in the state had arranged with the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) to bring the vaccine to churches for ease of administration.
“Avail yourselves to take the vaccination. It is very potent to guard you from the infection,” he admonished the Christian faithful.