Leaders of Christians and Muslims in Nigeria welcomed the directive of the federal government for the reopening of churches and mosques.
The leading religious associations in the country, he Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) made this known in separate reactions.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, on Monday in Abuja at the 38th joint national briefing of the taskforce, had announced the relaxation of restriction on places of worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments.
The NSCIA Secretary General, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said, while the council welcomed the government’s decision, it should also take up the responsibility of decontamination of the places of worship across the country.
“We are glad on the government’s decision and we urged the leaders of the religious centres to abide by all the provisions and guidelines stated for the re-opening. We also want the government to ensure the decontamination of the religious centres,” Oloyede said.
The CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, through his spokesman, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji said the government’s decision, in the interim, is a welcome development.
“It is our prayers that God will surely deliver Nigeria from the pandemic in Jesus Name. If Christians and Muslims return to their worship places to pray for victory over COVID-19, God will surely answer us. The closure of the worship places is not acceptable to God. We thank God for opening the eyes of our government to the reality,” Oladeji said.