Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) led by Apostle Alex Bamgbola has welcomed the reopening of churches by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. He appealed to churches to ensure strict compliance with the stipulated guidelines on COVID-19. Governor Sanwo-Olu on Saturday, said churches are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity and observe social distancing in places of worship on weekly basis only.
The Christians leader in Lagos, Apostle Alex Bamgbola, in a statement on Sunday, attributed the reopening to the prayers of Christians and asked them to intensify their prayers for total eradication of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “According to the Governor, the encouraging trend of the COVID-19 in our dear State facilitated this decision. We must give thanks and glory to God for answering our prayers.“We must also thank our Lord God Jehovah for giving our dear Governor strength, wisdom, understanding and guidance since the beginning of this dark period”.Bamgbola warned that the battle against coronavirus was not over and urged Christians to continue to obey government’s directives.
He noted that by the reopening, the government was putting a great responsibility upon the church in Lagos State.“We must recognise that the coronavirus pandemic is still lingering. All Christian worship centres in the State must be fully prepared and in full compliance before Sunday, August 9, 2020,” he stated. He advocated proper monitoring and supervision by each denomination to ensure full compliance of guidelines. This, the CAN leader added, would avoid sanctions by the Lagos State Government.