COVID-19Lagos State Government on Tuesday, June 2, insisted on the continuous closure of churches and mosques in the state as a result it might not be reopened soon for worshippers due to the COVID-19 pandemic
This closure due to COVID-19 was issued in a statement by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi.
He proposed this on an affirmed basis of the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing commemorating the first year in office of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The Federal Government on Monday, June 1, lifted the ban on mosques and churches in the country. based on various protocols agreed with state governments.
Elegushi futher said that the reopening of the worship centres was not possible anytime soon as the state was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
Futher more.Even before the pronouncement by the Federal Government; we have been having series of meetings with the various religious leaders, we even had one with Safety Commission, looking at the possibility of reopening of religious worship homes.
”We also had a meeting with the leaders of the two faiths and I want to tell you categorically that at that meeting; the possibility of reopening religious houses was ruled out totally due to tge outragging COVID-19.
”They claimed that they cannot take such responsibility of ensuring that only 20 or 50 people are praying behind them.”
“As an Imam said, he doesn’t know what is going on at the back immediately he is leading a prayer.
He said if more than 20 or 50 people are staying at his back he is not going to take responsibility for their presence.”
“As a result of this, we ruled out in totality the issue of reopening the religious houses; until we have a clear coast for us to do so.
”The Federal Government mentioned it, but it never ruled out the state in achieving that pronouncement, so all states will have to take all responsibility of doing so in their respective states.
“We all know Lagos is still having more figures. So definitely that will speak to our decision,” he said…
The commissioner, however said that the governor of the state would come out with more further directives concerning this issue.
But for the main time all worship centres still remains close until further notice.