Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Ebola: CAN Niger Chapter stops handshakes in churches

20 August 2014, 08:09

Minna - The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Niger Chapter, has asked its members to desist from handshaking during church services to curb Ebola in the state.

The Niger CAN Chairman, Rev. Musa Dada, disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview with the media in Minna.

Dada said the churches have also been directed by the state CAN to continue to enlighten members on the prevention and spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Also Read: Top doctor is Nigeria's fifth Ebola death

He said members have also adopted the use of plastic chairs in order to minimise transmission through body fluids.

“CAN as the body of Christ cannot force people to stop handshakes in churches as every individual have his or her beliefs. All we can do is to create awareness to discourage handshakes in churches,” the CAN chapter chairman said.

Also, the Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, Bishop Martins Uzoukwu, told the media that Catholic churches in the state had taken a proactive step in this regard.

Also Read: Sierra Leone's 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer

“This is by bringing in health personnel to educate our members on the Ebola virus,” he said.

Uzoukwu, who spoke through the Cathedral Administrator of St. Michael’s Cathedral Church, Rev. Godwin Yari, said the Church had also stopped the use of holy water at the church’s entrance.
He said this was part of measures to fight the deadly disease.

“Why we stopped the use of holy water is because church members dip their hands into the water at the entrance of the church as sign of purification.”

“But with the outbreak of Ebola disease, we have ordered it to be stopped,” the Bishop said.

He urged other priests to always protect themselves while praying for the sick so as to avoid direct contact with Ebola victims.

-    NAN


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...