- The Latter Rain Assembly may remain closed until the end of 2020
- This was disclosed by the general overseer of the church, Pastor Tunde Bakare
- Bakare said that for now, things are yet to return to normal with respect to the coronavirus pandemic
- The cleric said that it is even possible that the country will record more cases of the virus
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Pastor Tunde Bakare, the general overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church otherwise known as Latter Rain Assembly, has revealed why he has no plan to commence worship services. any time soon.
Bakare explained that this is because as understood in a meeting between himself and the governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the cases of coronavirus both in the state and the country as a whole might increase, PM News reports.
Although the cleric pointed out that a building, not the church, can be shut by the government, he disclosed that normal programmes might be delayed until September or even December 2020.
Responding to questions from journalists on the issue on Sunday, June 14, Bakare said: “We are not opening till the coast is clear.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Lagos had finally bowed to the pressure of the people and reopened all religious centres across the state following two months abstention geared at stemming the spread of the Covid-19 scourge.
The decision, of course, came as a pleasant shock because Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu announced the ban lift on mosques and churches barely seventy-two (72) hours after the state government restrained the ban.
The Lagos state government, in a reaction to the ban lift on worship centres nationwide effective from Monday, June 1, by the federal government through the Covid-19 presidential task force, maintained that the possibility of reopening was totally out of it.
Speaking after the relaxation on Tuesday, June 2, Lagos commissioner of home affairs, Anofiu Elegushi, declared the state would maintain the status quo as per the reopening of churches and mosques.
In his words: “We also had one with the leaders of the two faiths and I want to tell you categorically that at that meeting, the possibility of reopening religious houses was ruled out totally.”
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