By: Jessica John Bakari
The Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Most Rev. Stephen Dami Mamza says the church has made available the pastoral center in Yola to Adamawa state Government in support of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Bishop Dami Mamza stated this today, April 15 while briefing Journalists in Yola to clear the air on the confusion that the church offered saint Peters Minor seminary to serve as isolation center should there be any case of the dreaded COVID-19.
“When Government announced partial lockdown in the state, the Catholic Church decided to make available the one hundred rooms in the pastoral center for use. And the Pastoral Centre shares a wall with St. Peter’s Minor Seminary, which is why there was a confusion among parents especially. The gesture is part of our contribution to the government in the fight against the virus if it gets to the state.” Said the Bishop.
Bishop Mamza commended Governor Ahmadu Fintiri for relaxing the lockdown across the state and called on people in the state to reciprocate the gesture by being law abiding, pointing out that they should not panic as the state Government seems ready to tackle any case of the disease.
“Managing coronavirus pandemic is a collective responsibility as the virus does not have respect for religion, tribe or political learning of any person” stressed the Bishop.
He urged religious leaders to intensify prayers against the virus.
Bishop Mamza further appealed to people in the state to be their brother’s keepers by sharing what they have with the needy, stressing that such assistance should have no boundary.
He particularly calls on wealthy individuals and corporate bodies to assist vulnerable persons as this is the time people need help the most.
Bishop Dami Mamza maintained that people should abide by Government regulations on preventing coronavirus such as avoiding crowds and observing social distancing as well as regular washing of hands and maintaining personal hygiene. Recall that the virus has killed over a hundred and twenty thousand people across the world already.