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COVID-19 guidelines not designed to oppress Nigerians – Buhari

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has urged Muslims and Christians ot to see the guidelines released to curtail further spread of COVID-19 as infringement on their rights to worship.

   Buhari made the call in his Eid-el-Kabir message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

   According to him, the guidelines were necessitated by the need to safeguard public health.

   “The preventive guidelines we have introduced to contain the spread of this deadly disease have unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather and worship in large numbers in mosques and churches.

Every measure that has been introduced to contain this disease may have its unintended consequences on the daily lives of our people, and I, therefore, call on   Muslims and other faiths to continue to show more understanding with the government as we take correct steps to protect our people through the social distancing.

No elected government would intentionally take away its people’s religious freedom by limiting the number of people that will gather in worship centres at the same time,” the statement reads.

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