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Churches witness low turnout on Palm Sunday service in Anambra

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Cross section of parishioners led by the Catholic Bishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan during a solemn procession to mark the 2019 Palm Sunday by parishioners of the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Garki, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 14/04/2019

Many churches witnessed low worshippers for the Palm Sunday service in Awka, the Anambra capital with most of them visited maintaining the required social distance of two meters for safety.


News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports on Sunday in Awka that most worship houses were monitored by priests on adherence to government directive while others worshipped online.

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At St Peter Catholic Church Nkwelle-Awka, worshipers attended the 6am service maintaining social distance.

At St Faith Anglican Cathedral a priest who preferred anonymity was seen ensuring that worshipers used the hand sanitiser placed at the entrance of the church.

“All I am here to do is making sure that everyone that comes here washes their hands and use this sanitiser,” he said.
At Dominion Chapel, Awka fewer worshipers were seen entering the church devoid of the large turnout usually witnessed.
Anthony Eigbe, a worshiper told NAN that the low turnout was deliberate.

“Proper spacing of about two meters necessitated the low turn out for us not to go contrary to government directive.
NAN reports that Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of Awka Diocese conducted the Palm Sunday service live on Anambra Broadcasting Service TV and radio stations for its numerous members to follow from their respective homes.

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