Coronavirus: Reps ban church, mosque going in Nigeria

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The House of Representatives, after a two-hour debate on Wednesday, banned all forms of open worships across the country over the coronavirus pandemic.

It said the measure was based on cues from Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Vatican that have banned open worship, The Nation reports.

The lawmakers said Nigeria should act and suspend such large gatherings.

They also banned all visitors from the National Assembly until further notice.

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With this resolution, constituents will either write their representatives and wait for a reply or see members in the constituency offices.

Moving the motion of urgent public importance, Rep. Zakari Isa Chawai said even though the government has put some measures in place to ensure flight restrictions into the country, there was the need to restrict public gatherings.

Chawai commended the management of the NYSC for shutting down its orientation camps across the country, pointing out that there was the need to take more proactive measure and quarantine travellers to the country.