Coronavirus: Clergy begs Akufo-Addo to reconsider ban on churches

Coronavirus: Clergy begs Akufo-Addo to reconsider ban on churches

- Pastors in Ghana have express worry over the suspension of public gathering

- President Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday, March 15, 2020, banned all forms of public gathering for 4 weeks

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A host of pastors have called on President Akufo-Addo to reconsider his decision to pull the breaks on gatherings at churches as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Leading the charge are Rev. Wengham of the Cedar Mountain Chapel, East Legon Assemblies of God and Dr. Lawrence Tetteh of the Worldwide Miracle Outreach.

Rev. Wengham believes a ban on church activities in the country is bound to have an impact on worship in general, but he opined that they will resort to online and streaming services.

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"It's going to affect us seriously but we will resort to streaming services," Rev Wengham said in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM.

Meanwhile, Dr Lawrence Tetteh also called on the President to rescind his decision to ban gatherings at churches and mosques.

In his view, the government must make use of religious leaders, since they are the best persons to sensitize the public on the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Tetteh said members of the public are more likely to listen to advise from religious leaders than politicians.

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…We have to get a place where we can get church leaders to sensitise their followers and the congregation. Instead of closing the churches, mosques for now, which for us as a nation is the best medium where we can get the information across, he should rather sensitise our congregation, get our mindset transformed and get a broadminded approach to this thing,” he told Ghanaweb.

This comes after President Akufo-Addo announced a ban on all public gatherings for the next four weeks.

The announcement came just hours after the government announced that the number of coronavirus cases in Ghana has increased from two to six. earlier reported that United States of America (USA) President Donald Trump on Friday, March 13, declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump, speaking from the White House Rose Garden, further announced a set of specific measures aimed at stemming the effects of the outbreak.

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