COVID-19: Pastor Ighodalo tells government to shut down churches if need be

COVID-19: Pastor Ighodalo tells government to shut down churches if need be

- Pastor Ituah Ighodalo has reacted to the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria

- The cleric has spoken about the need to contain the spread of the virus in the country

- The religious leader revealed how places of worship can carry out the alternative mode of services

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Pastor Ituah Ighodalo has advised both the federal and state authorities to shut down churches if the efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus call for such a measure.

The cleric who serves as the senior pastor of Lagos-based church, Trinity House, gave the advice when he spoke on Arise TV.

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Pastor Ighodalo says health issues are important. Photo: Pastor Ituah Ighodalo
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He said the church is a gathering of people wanting to worship God and should be subject to health protocols.

He said:

"If we need to. There is nothing sacrosanct about a religious house; a religious house is a gathering of people wanting to worship God. If that gathering and that intimacy in the gathering will lead to the spread of germs or disease, God, because you want to worship Him, would not say that the physical things that you need to do should not be done."

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The pastor recalled that the last time places of worship were closed due to the pandemic, churches learnt to hold services online.

He, however, disagreed with claims by the government that churches were violating the protocols put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

In another news, the Cross River government has directed that all night clubs in the state be closed immediately until further notice over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government through Dr Betta Edu, the commissioner for health, gave the order on Sunday, December 20, in a statement in Calabar, The Guardian reports.

According to Edu who heads the COVID-19 Response Team, the directive was given to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has warned Lagos residents to comply with COVID-19 protocols, noting that the state, Nigeria's economic nerve centre, cannot afford another lockdown.

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The Lagos state governor made this known in a statement seen by on Friday, December 18.

Governor Sanwo-Olu's statement follows the spike in the cases of COVID-19 cases in Lagos and other states in Nigeria.

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