The Closure Of Churches is No longer Acceptable and Reasonably Justified - CAN to Lagos Govt



Lagos State Government has being called on by The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) demaning for churches to reopen in the state, stressing that churches have a spiritual role to play in curbing Covid-19.

The Federal Government had in March ordered the closure of religious centres as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.

“With the sudden emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria agreed with the government on the need to close down the places of worship, economy, schools and other social activities.

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.

The apex Christian association in the country said the church has spiritual role to play in the fight against the pandemic.

In a statment by Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant on Media and Communications to CAN President Samson Ayokunle asked the Ogun State Government as well as other states yet to do so to reopen worship centres.

Saying, “the continued lockdown order on the places of worship is no longer reasonably justified”.

But CAN argued that despite the directive on the reopening of religious centres in the country by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the states were yet to comply.

“Is it not our members in the places of worship that do go to markets and other sectors opened? Why are they allowed to go to markets and disallowed from going to places of worship? Is it because the marketers cannot contact the virus in the markets and airport?

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