Osun state government allows churches to hold cross-over services

Osun state government allows churches to hold cross-over services

- Osun government has changed its mind about banning crossover service in churches across the state

- The state government has given instruction to churches regarding the new directive

- It would be recalled that Osun just like its Ondo counterpart had cancelled the annual service in a bid to curb the spread of the second wave of COVID-19

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Barely two days after Osun government banned crossover service in churches, the state on Tuesday, December 29, made a surprising u-turn.

In a report by The Punch, the southwest state rescinded its earlier decision after reviewing its position following the mood of the season.

Funke Egbemode, the commissioner for information and civic orientation made the announcement in a statement she signed.

According to Egbemode, the government’s sensitivity to the mood necessitated the decision, adding that all churches are expected to close early and everyone off the streets by 1:00 am.

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Osun state government allows churches to hold cross-over services
Osun state government has rescinded its decision to ban cross-over services. Photo credit: @GboyegaOyetola
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While noting that security operatives have been given the directive to enforce the guideline, the commissioner urged religious bodies and residents to comply.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that due to fears over the second wave of COVID-19 spreading across Ondo, the state government has cancelled crossover service in churches across the state.

The government in a decisive bid to curb further spread on Wednesday, December 23, scratched services scheduled to hold at midnight of January 1, 2021.

Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, the chairman, Ondo State Inter-Ministerial Committee on coronavirus, made the announcement while speaking with journalists in Akure, the state capital.

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Similarly, the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners’ Chapel, has cancelled its 2020/2021 cross-over night service.

Winners’ Chapel’s cross-over night service holds yearly from December 31 to January 1, within the hours of 10pm and 4am. But this year’s event has reportedly been cancelled by the church, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In a related development, all churches in Lagos state have been directed to close their cross-over night services by 11 pm on December 31, 2020.

The directive was issued by the Lagos state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in a statement on Tuesday, December 29. The statement was signed by the CAN chairman in Lagos, Bishop Steven Adegbite.

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