The Bauchi State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has shut down claims making rounds on social media that the Christian community has rejected the ongoing vaccination against COVID-19 pandemic.
Reverend Matthew Wakili Laslimbo, the state CAN Secretary, denied the allegations in a statement he released to the public. According to him, no Christian in Bauchi State will deliberately not take the vaccination as he noted that a number of Christians, including frontline workers and leaders, had taken the first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine in the State.
In his words: “In fact, quite a number of Christians frontline workers and leaders have taken the first jab of the vaccination and are waiting for the second jab.
“CAN being the mouthpiece of the community, none of the state excos, both the outgoing and the newly elected executive, were ever at any point consulted for any official meeting or submission at the state level in Bauchi on Covid-19 programme.
“Yet, as a matter of concern we at our level have been putting our best in sensitising not only the church but the entire society to comply with all the Covid-19 rules and protocol,
“We, therefore, distance ourselves from pronouncements or any insinuation that Christians in Bauchi State have tagged the vaccination exercise as anti-Christian.
“I want to assure the government that no Christians in Bauchi State will deliberately not take the vaccination. I, therefore, call on all Christians that are medically fit to come out and take the vaccine.”