Ogun State Government says it has yet to agree on the date to reopen churches and mosques as requested by the Christian Association of Nigeria .
The state government added that CAN should not compare markets with churches , saying the continued closure of worship centres was taken in consultation with the leadership of the two religious bodies.
The Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Public Communications , Remmy Hazzan , stated this while reacting to CAN ’ s stance on the continued closure of churches which the association declared was unjustifiable .
The association had in a statement on Wednesday by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji , the Special Assistant ( Media and Communications ) to the President , Rev Supo Ayokunle , kicked against the continued closure of churches , particularly in Lagos and Ogun states.
“ With the reopening of the economy, especially the markets , both organised and the unorganised markets , along with the plan to reopen airports and schools , the closure of churches anywhere in the country is no longer tenable and acceptable . In what way are the opened and roadside markets more organised than the church , which warranted their opening ?” CAN had said.
But Hazzan, said , “ We have said it before that comparing markets with churches and mosques is not ideal . The market environment is an open space. The horrible effect is not there and so the use of face masks may just be sufficient . There is still a spike in COVID – 19 cases in Ogun and Lagos states.
“ Lagos is the epicentre and Ogun State is like New Jersey to New York in the United States ; we cannot pretend that this state is completely immune .
We are not in any way taking any unjustified decision . This is in the interest of the public . In the end , everyone will be back to worship God that we all serve . The public interest is not meant to punish any faith -based organisation or any faith whatsoeve
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