Bauchi state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has on Sunday expressed its members’ readiness to take the COVID-19 vaccine as long as it will be made available.
Governor of the state, Bala Mohammed had, while flagging off the second phase of vaccination in the state, lamented that Christians in the state had shown no interest in taking the COVID vaccine.
Apathy shown by the Christian faithful was due to the believe that the Covid-19 vaccine was the Antichrist.
However, Reverend Abraham Damina Dimeus, the CAN chairman in the state, has now assured the state government of the faithful’s readiness to take the vaccine.
Dimeus made this known when he led other Christians to take the first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Bishara Baptist Church premises in Bauchi, the state capital.
He said: “There was an erroneous misconception that Christians in Bauchi State were not ready to take the vaccine. That was a dangerous insinuation; Christians are obedient people and are always ready to obey constituted authorities.
“As you can see, we as leaders of CAN have mobilised our members to come out to take the vaccine. Last week, a team was at All Saints Methodist Church during the revival programme of the state chapter of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) and today, we are here in Bishara Baptist Church.”
The CAN chairman further said: “there was initial apathy by the people because there was no proper education. But now that the people have been well educated and informed about the exercise, you can see them trooping out to be vaccinated.
“The vaccine is not harmful; many people have taken it and they did not die. Why then should Christians be afraid to take it.
“We have done enough mobilisation and our people are ready to take it because God has commanded us so to do.”