The Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sawoolu has told religious leaders in the state that Churches and Mosques will remain closed for now.
The Governor stated this during a virtual meeting with religious leaders on Monday. He reiterated that the “0 – Congregation” stance of Government for religious worship centres is still in force to ensure physical distancing, adding that all hands must be on deck to do more sensitisation and monitoring to complement government efforts.
Among that participated in the virtual meeting were Christian and Muslim leaders, including Pastor W.F. Kumuyi (Deeper life), Pastor Joseph Obayemi (RCCG), Dr D.K. Olukoya (MFM), Rev. Mrs Mercy Ezekiel (CPM), Amb. Mrs Elizabeth Onajobi of WOWICAN, His Eminence Samuel Kanu Uche and other leaders in the five Christian Bloc and CAN Executives.
Muslim leaders are Imam Dr Abdulrahman Ahmad (Chief Missioner, Ansaru-deen), Sheik Abdulhakeem Lawal, Imam Abdul Akeem Lawal, Dr. (Mrs) Egberongbe of FOMWAN, Sheik Uwais, Chief Imams of the various Divisions of the State, MSSN and other top religious leaders in Lagos.
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Lagos State Branch, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola reacting, praised Sanwo-Olu for being proactive and pragmatic in his approach to handling the COVID-19 crisis in the state. He added that the governor’s approach saved many lives.
The Grand Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheik (Engr.) Suleiman Abu-Nolla encouraged the government to keep working with religious leaders adding that it was a time of ‘Collective survival’.