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Covid 19: ‘Reopen Churches Nationwide For God’s Sake’ – CAN

NEWSMAN, Abuja – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for the reopening of worship centres in Lagos and Ogun states saying the continued lockdown order on churches is no longer acceptable and reasonably justified.

In a statement on Tuesday, CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle said “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 is no longer tenable and acceptable”, Vanguard reported.

“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? Ayokunle asked.

“Why are they allowed to go to markets and disallowed from going to places of worship? Is it because the marketers cannot contract the virus in the markets and airports? He further questioned.

The CAN president also opined that while the government and other relevant stakeholders are working hard to get a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church too has a role to play by seeking for divine solutions as well, appealing to Lagos, Ogun, and other state governments, where churches are still under lockdown, “to relax it for God’s sake”.

The ban on religious and social gatherings was placed on Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun state by President Muhammadu Buhari in March and lifted in June.

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