- The decision of the Lagos state government to reopen schools excite the Christian Association of Nigeria, Lagos chapter
- The chairman of CAN in Lagos, Bamgbola, hailed the decision of the state government
- Bamgbola, however, told churches to comply with all the regulations on COVID-19 protocols
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The Lagos state chapter of Nigeria's Christian body, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has reacted to the reopening of churches by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The Christian body hailed the government's decision, a report by The Guardian said.
Legit.ng gathers that Lagos CAN chairman, Apostle Alex Bamgbola, said in a statement, that the reopening was a loud testimony to the prayers of church leaders.
Bamgbola, however, told churches to comply with all the regulations on COVID-19 protocols to avoid losing the gains of the reopening.
The cleric said Christians in the state must give thanks and glory to God for answering their prayers regarding the reopening.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced on Saturday, August 1, that the ban on churches and mosques will be lifted effective from Friday, August 7.
The governor also said that restaurants in Lagos will operate eat-in services effective from Friday, August 14.
However, in his own reaction to the development, Pastor Tunde Bakare, the general overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), formerly known as the Latter Rain Assembly faulted the reopening of churches by the Lagos state government.
Bakare speaking during the church's online Sunday worship on August 2, warned against the government's directive in spite of the pandemic in order not to drive Christians like sheep to the slaughterhouses by reopening worship centres.
The cleric went on to note that if the government and health agency said there will be a peak of the virus in August, why should people rush and re-open churches.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Pastor Bakare 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, the cases of coronavirus both in the state and the country as a whole might increase.
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.”
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