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Churches, Mosques Remains Shut says Lagos State

Nigerians Brace Up as Federal Government lifts Ban on Reopening of Mosques and Churches on Monday 1, of June, as agreed on guidelines and Protocols with State Governments.

Meanwhile, On Tuesday, The Lagos State Government suggested that Churches and Mosques Worshippers in the state should remain closed.

The Prince Anofiu Elegushi, Commissioner for Home Affairs said on Ministerial Press Briefing Commemorating the First Year in Office of Gov.Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

According to Elegushi, said that the reopening of the worship centers was not possible soon, as the state was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

”Even before the pronouncement by the Federal Government, we have been having meetings with the religious leaders, we even had one with Safety Commission, looking at the possibility of reopening of religious houses.

”We also had one with the leaders of the two faiths and I want to tell you categorically that at that meeting, possibility of reopening religious houses was ruled out totally.

”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.

”So, in the meeting, 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 look at possibility 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 concluded that the Governor of the state would re-address the issue as all protocols remains observed.

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