Coronavirus: Lagos state govt moves to stop church, mosque services

Coronavirus: Lagos state govt moves to stop church, mosque services

- The Lagos government is making moves to shut down all religious worship services across the state

- The ban is a proactive measure to stop the virus from spreading as the pandemic currently ravages the world

- The state government advised that this would be in the interest of the people

In a bid to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the Lagos state government on Wednesday, March 18, said it will appeal to religious leaders to stop Juma’at on Fridays and church services on Sundays across the state.

According to The Nation, Gbenga Omotoso, the commissioner for information, disclosing this information at a briefing said in the interest of the people, religious leaders will be urged to stop services.

This announcement is coming after the seventh case of coronavirus was recorded in Lagos state.

He said: “We are all aware that the federal government asked the National Youth Service Corps to shut down orientation camps; yesterday (Tuesday) the commissioner for Home Affairs said there will be a meeting with religious leaders today (Wednesday).

“It is going to be suggested to them to maybe stop Friday and Sunday services – wherever we have large gatherings. Going by the new development, I am sure they will be advised to shut down the services in the interest of the public and all of us. I am sure they are going to comply.”

Meanwhile, previously reported that the House of Representatives has banned all forms of open worships across Nigeria. The ban was over the coronavirus pandemic currently ravaging the world.

According to the lower chamber of the national assembly, the measure was based on cues from Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Vatican that have banned open worship. Also, the Nigerian lawmakers banned all visitors from the National Assembly until further notice.

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Similarly, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos state chapter, has said the level of coronavirus infection in Nigeria has not gotten to a stage where religious gathering and activities should be banned.

The Christian organisation, however, said it is necessary for the government to take proactive measures to stop the virus from spreading. CAN also advised religious organisations including churches and mosques to take actions to safeguard members from infection. ( - We have upgraded to serve you better.

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