By Joseph Jibueze, Tajudeen Adebanjo and Adeola Ogunlade
Lagos Chief Imam, Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla and the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria(CAN) within the state welcomed the choice by the Lagos State Authorities to nonetheless have worship centres shut.
The motion, Sheikh Abou-Nolla mentioned, confirmed that the governor was keen about saving the lives of Lagosians.
He urged Muslims to abide by the governor’s directive, saying there was no foundation for reopening non secular centres going by the rising figures of COVID-19 instances within the state.
His phrases: “The choice is in step with our ideas of not endangering the lives of our individuals. It’s those that are alive that may worship Allah.
“We thank Governor Sanwo-Olu and his cupboard members for displaying concern for the lives of the individuals.
“I due to this fact urged our Muslim brothers and sisters to adjust to the directive. All mosques ought to stay closed until COVID-19 pandemic is defeated.”
Grand Mufti of Convention of Islamic Organisations (CIO) Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafi’I additionally described the governor’s determination for granted step.
Lagosians, he mentioned, mustn’t view the suspension negatively.
“It’s a proactive determination taken to safeguard lives of Lagosians particularly and Nigerians usually as Lagos is the epicentre of the virus within the nation’’ Shafi’I mentioned:.
Just like the Imam, the state CAN mentioned the lives of worshippers had been extra vital than reopening church buildings.
Its Secretary Elder Israel Akinadewo informed The Nation: “Human lives are so sacrosanct. The church may be very involved. The very best factor to do is to hope.”
He famous that church buildings can’t ignore authorities recommendation.
“If something untoward occurs, which we aren’t praying for, the church will probably be blamed. So it’s a dilemma that doesn’t require granting interviews however prayers,” Akinadewo mentioned.
However the state Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship OF Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Ola Ore, expressed shock over the event, saying Christians perform important service in church buildings
Ore argued that the rising instances within the state known as for company prayers.
He added: “We now have spoken and mentioned all we would have liked to say however of their knowledge, in the event that they suppose that’s higher, it is vitally unlucky.
”l am unhappy and is as a result of l went to the financial institution right this moment and l noticed how individuals had been shut to one another in the queue outdoors the financial institution.
“Although, they mentioned banks are important service and l agree. Christan are important service suppliers and like Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God mentioned , there’s energy in company anointing.
“We have to pray. We are able to pray individually, however there’s energy in company prayers.”