“As a country that professes Christianity and the supremacy of God over the affairs of our nation, I am conscious of the fact that this is a decision that must be taken with great caution and with the wisdom of God”, said Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare.

In his nationwide address, Prime Minister Sogavare clarified whether churches as a place of gathering should be closed.

He said they are currently consulting with the Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA) and Solomon Islands Full Gospel Association (SIFGA) on this matter.

He said as a Christian nation, at this time of national crisis, the place for all Christians to be is in the House of God.

“For that reason, churches within the emergency zone will remain open this weekend to allow normal church services to continue and for church members to have congregational gathering to worship and seek God’s intervention”, Sogavare said.

He said SICA and SIFGA have been requested to organize a comprehensive prayer vigil and nationwide preaching roster over the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation this weekend.

Sogavare said this is to bring the nation closer to God and to remind all, that without the direct intervention of God in strategic planning, the country’s efforts will be in vain.

“If there is a time this nation must put aside our differences and return to God, it is now! We are promised that if our hearts are right with him, he will heal our land”, the Prime Minister said.

He said he will continue to make other orders as and when necessary in the coming days.