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CAN urges Lagos, Ogun to reopen churches



THE Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) president, Samson Ayokunle has called on the governments of Lagos and Ogun States to reopen churches without further delay. 

  The call came to both Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, his counterpart from Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, and other states where churches are still on lockdown to lift the ban on religious activities despite the spike in coronavirus cases across the country.

  Speaking through the Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the CAN president yesterday said that the continued lockdown of worship places in the country would no longer be tolerated.

  He believes the continued lockdown order on the places of worship in the country is no longer acceptable and cannot be reasonably justified.

 “Despite the directive given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 with regards to the reopening of places of worship nationwide, some states like Lagos and Ogun are yet to allow worship places, especially churches, to be reopened. What sin have the places of worship committed?” he questioned.

  He appealed to the Lagos, Ogun and other state governments where churches are still under lockdown to relax it for the sake God.

  “As much as we believe that COVID-19 deserves attention, it is our belief that the affected state governments would not turn a deaf ear to our quest but allow worship to return to places of worship.”

  He noted that the leadership of CAN at all levels had agreed with the government on the need to close down places of worship, economy, schools, and every other facet of life following the sudden emergence of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Ayokunle, emphasized that with the reopening of the economy, especially the markets, both organised and the unorganised markets, along with the plan to reopen airports and schools, the closure of churches anywhere in the country was no longer tenable and acceptable.

  The cleric also stressed that it is the opinion of the Christian body that while the government and other relevant stakeholders are working hard to get a cure for COVID-19, the church too has a role to play by seeking divine solutions as well.

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