The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said the continued lock down of churches in Lagos and other states of the country is unacceptable.
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It said opening markets while churches remained locked is not reaonable. It said many of the people who visits the markets are same people who go to churches.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant on Media and Communications to CAN President, Samson Ayokunle.
The Federal Government had ordered the reopening of the economy as well as churches but some states, Lagos and Ogun inclsuive, have not complied with the order.
CAN statement titled, “Reopen All Churches Now: Enough is Enough – CAN” partly read, “Despite the directive given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 with regards to the re-opening 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?
“With the sudden emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria at all levels, agreed with the government on the need to close down the places of worship, economy, schools and every other facet of life.
“But 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. In what way are the opened and roadside markets more organised than the church which warranted their opening?
“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 airports?”