- Sam and Nike Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre have said they will not reopen their church
- The senior pastors also noted that members of their congregation will not resume for worship at the church premises
- According to the couple, they will only do so when it is safe
The senior pastors of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam and Nike Adeyemi, have reacted to the reopening of churches order by the Lagos state government.
In a statement from the church that was released on Friday, August 7, titled, ‘Update On Resumption Of Physical Services’, the pastors said congregational worship will not resume on Sunday, August 9, as announced by the state government.
The couple went on to state that online services would continue to hold until it is safe to reopen their auditorium in Lagos and other areas around the country.
The statement reads in part: “We are aware of the Lagos State Government’s announcement that churches can resume physical services from 9th August 2020. We thank God for the progress made so far by the federal and state governments, the NCDC and our frontline health workers.
'However, the leadership of Daystar Christian Centre has resolved NOT to open her worship centres for physical gathering on the immediate. Daystar Christian Centre will continue to hold her services online exclusively pending further review."
Recall that the Lagos state government finally approved the partial reopening of worship centres after months of closure due to Covid-19.
According to the government's directive, mosques are to reopen for Jumat services starting from Friday, August 7, while churches reopen on Sunday, August 9.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the general overseer of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet TB Joshua, responded to the reopening of churches order by the Lagos state government.
In a message addressed primarily to his church members on Wednesday, August 5, the clergyman said that though the move by the government is a commendable one, his church will not do so until he hears from God.
In a related 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.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government has rolled out 46 safety protocols and guidelines for worshippers to follow during services to avoid a spike in the Covid-19 cases in the state.
To ensure the guidelines are followed, the government also inaugurated a 43-man monitoring and compliance committee.
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