The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has directed churches in the country to conduct services online or use house cell based service.

It also asked the churches to observe March 22 and March 29 as days of prayers against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Nigeria and globally.

CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, in a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Adebayo Oladeji, on Thursday, advised all churches to follow the guidelines for combating COVID-19 in all gatherings.

CAN has called on all churches in the country to set aside March 22 and 29 apart to pray for an end to Coronavirus Pandemic in Nigeria and all over the world.

He noted that ban on the presence of more than 50 people in a gathering had been placed by most state governments.

Mr Ayokunle said where possible, particularly for churches who do not have online system, services can be broken into shifts of not more than 50 members in each shift.

“CAN has called on all churches in the country to set aside March 22 and 29 apart to pray for an end to Coronavirus Pandemic in Nigeria and all over the world.

“Our prayer points should be that God should stop the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria and all over the world. God should also protect Nigerians from this disease.

“We should also pray that God should heal those that are already infected,” he said.

The CAN president also advised churches to follow the directive on religious gatherings.

“Each branch or assembly should provide alcohol-based hand rub sanitizer for use and regular washing of hands with soap and water.