Despite directives by the Lagos state government that places of worship should open beginning from coming Sunday, August 9, a popular cleric, Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC) has advised churches to ignore the government’s directive and keep the doors of their churches still closed.

He said it was unthinkable to open churches in August when the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, had earlier warned that coronavirus pandemic will peak in August.

Bakare gave the warning during an online sermon on Sunday and advised worshippers not to allow any religious leader or government official lead them like sheep to the slaughter house.

“I have to appeal to you once again, please keep safe and do your best to stay alive. Do not let anyone, whether religious leader or governmental leader, to drive you like a sheep to the slaughter.

“If they (the government and the disease control authorities) said that the month of August is going to be the peak of the infection, why should they ask people to rush in (re-open the churches) again?

“Please keep safe and do your best to keep alive by keeping all the necessary rules. We know that by the grace of God this pandemic like the others before it has an expiry date. It shall not see our end. We shall see its end in the mighty name of Jesus.”

Bakare said that the state government might have caved in to pressure from religious leaders to lift the ban it earlier placed on religious gatherings,” he said.

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