Chief Imam, CAN back suspension to reopen churches, mosques

Chief Imam, CAN back suspension to reopen churches, mosques

- The Lagos state government's decision not reopen worship centres in the state has been commended by religious bodies and leaders

- The Chief Imam and CAN in Lagos state have backed the government's action not to reopen worship centres

- According to them, the lives of the people are very important and they will not ignore the governor's order

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Following the Lagos state government's decision to shelve plans to reopen worship centres, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Chief Imam in the state have backed the recommendation.

According to The Nation, Lagos state Chief Imam Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla noted that the government's decision showed that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is eager to save the lives of residents.

This development is coming just after the governor during his briefing at the State House on Tuesday, June 16, announced that plans to reopen churches and mosques were halted.

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Lagos Imam, CAN back suspension of religious activities

While urging Muslims to comply with the governor’s directive, Sheikh Abou-Nolla said due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the state there was no justification for reopening worship centres.

The Lagos state chapter of CAN on its part in reaction to the government's decision explained that the lives of worshippers are more important than reopening churches.

Speaking with the online news publication, Elder Israel Akinadewo, the secretary of the state Christian body noted that the church is very worried. He went on to state that the best thing is to pray and added that churches cannot ignore the governor's directive.

It would be recalled that after Sanwo-Olu declared that all religious activities remained banned, the Lagos state governor said that worship centres in the state would be allowed to reopen from June 19.

The governor made the announcement on Thursday, June 4, during a briefing at the Government House, Marina.

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In a tweet by Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to Governor Sanwo-Olu, the government said that children below age 15 would not be allowed into any religious centre.

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Meanwhile, reported that Ebonyi state government lifted the ban on religious gatherings and activities in the state, effective from Friday, May 15.

Governor David Umahi said he decided to lift the ban following the passionate appeal made by the leadership of the Ebonyi state chapter of CAN.

The governor's decision was contained in a statement signed by the commissioner for information and state orientation, Uchenna Orji.

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