Lockdown: CAN begs FG, seeks review of worship time to 90 minutes

Lockdown: CAN begs FG, seeks review of worship time to 90 minutes

- CAN has asked the federal government to review of worship time to 90 minutes

- The Christian body said that the 60 minutes won't be enough for Sunday services

- Joseph Daramola, the CAN’s general secretary, urged Christians to adhere to the guidelines and ensure safety at all times

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has requested that worship centres be allowed to go beyond one hour.

The Nation reports that the association stated this during a meeting with the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), in Abuja on Thursday, June 4.

Legit.ng gathered that the CAN’s general secretary, Joseph Daramola, said the one-hour timing would not be enough for services, adding that it should be extended to at least 90 minutes.

He urged Christians to adhere to the guidelines, and ensure safety at all times.

The FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, released guidelines on reopening of places of worship in Abuja.

Bello in a statement by his chief press secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, said all places of worship must sign up to full compliance with all aspects of non-phar.maceutical interventions required to protect the public from COVID-19.

Lockdown: CAN seeks review of worship time to 90 minutes
The leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) visited President Buhari in Aso Villa. Credit: Facebook/Femi Adesina.
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He also added that all places of worship must ensure the supply of running water and soap/alcohol sanitisers at entry and exit points and in all high-contact locations, including bathrooms among others.

“Strongly discourage all close contacts, including shaking of hands, hugging, kissing, handing out of materials and sharing of worship implements including prayer mats, musical organs, microphones.

“Churches and mosques within the FCT must limit the capacity of their facilities to allow for the physical distancing of at least two meters between persons."

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The meeting, the statement said, also acknowledged that the situation of COVID-19 in the FCT is still at a very critical stage and recognises that there is the danger that if the established protocols were not adhered to, the cases of those infected and fatalities will increase.

The minister said: “It is therefore essential that all residents of the FCT take personal responsibility in ensuring strict compliance.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following the declaration of the federal government announcing a ban lift on religious gatherings, leaderships of prominent religious bodies in the country reacted.

It was reported that on Monday, June 1, the government at the central announced the relaxation on the ban on religious gatherings in the country.

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