From Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja
Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) President Rev. Samson Ayokunle has urged state governments, that are but to reopen worship centres, to take action.
Ayokunle described the continual lockdown order on locations of worship as unacceptable and unreasonable.
Some states like Lagos and Ogun are but to reopen worship centres because of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
A press release issued in Abuja by his Particular Assistant (Media and Communications), Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, mentioned: “Regardless of the directive given by the Presidential Job Power on COVID-19 as regards to the re-opening of locations of worship nationwide, some states like Lagos and Ogun are but to permit worship locations, particularly church buildings, to be reopened. What sin have the locations of worship dedicated?
“With the sudden emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the CAN management in any respect ranges agreed with the federal government on the necessity to shut down the locations of worship, financial system, faculties and each different aspect of life.
“However with the reopening of the financial system, particularly the markets (each organised and the unorganised markets) together with the plan to reopen airports and faculties, the closure of church buildings anyplace within the nation is not tenable and acceptable. In what method are the opened and roadside markets extra organised than the church, which warranted their opening?
“Is it not our members within the locations of worship that do go to markets and different sectors opened? Why are they allowed to go to markets and disallowed from going to locations of worship? Is it as a result of the entrepreneurs can not contract the virus within the markets and airports?
“It’s our opinion that whereas the federal government and different related stakeholders are working arduous to get a remedy for the COVID-19 pandemic, the church too has a job to play by looking for for divine options as nicely.”
CAN appealed to the Lagos, Ogun and different state governments the place church buildings are nonetheless beneath lockdown to “chill out it for God’s sake”.