Closure of churches no longer acceptable – CAN warns

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned state governments that have failed to allow the reopening of churches to address the situation.

The Federal Government ordered the shutdown of social and economic activities, including churches, in March in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID).

However, the government has started easing many of the restrictions starting in MAY, including a directive by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 that religious places can reopen starting June 1.
Despite the directive, some states have yet to allow the reopening of religious centres, most notably Lagos which is the epicentre of the coronavirus in Nigeria.

CAN says the church has a spiritual role to play in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
According to a statement by CAN President,
Samson Ayokunle,

“the continued closure of churches is no longer acceptable especially since other sectors such as markets have resumed operations”.

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