yesterday virtual meeting coming from Church denomination with the Christian
Association of Nigeria, strong
indication has emerged that next month of June may 2020, maybe the end of
restriction on church gathering, urban Express-News online have learnt.
This was as the Christian Association of Nigeria had equally expressed optimism that
the ban on a religious gathering in the country may be lifted by first Sunday of
June this year!
Express News online report that the Association will be meeting yesterday and
among what was said to be discussed is the modalities handed down by the
presidential task force on COVID-19 as a basis for reopening church and other
places of worship.
CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle hinted in a statement after their meeting on
Wednesday that they have been consulting with the federal government on modalities
to follow and that as justification, the new development will follow in the way of
regulating the crowed in churches.
He said if the government did not entertain any fear in opening markets and
banks, there would not be any basis to hesitate in opening churches considering
the fact that they are more organised than the markets and banks.
Ayokunle said, “As a law-abiding institution,
the church in Nigeria and the Christian Association of Nigeria that binds all
of us together complied, hitherto, with government’s directive suspending
church services for the past eight weeks now.
“However, the Church is well prepared for
resumption of worship and as one of the most organised institutions in a country with trained leadership and good guidance by the Scripture.
“We are in discussions with the Federal
Government and are drawing the guidelines that churches would follow in order
not to endanger the life of any worshipper and equally prevent COVID-19
“We are sure of compliance if the government
allows our compliance team to work hand-in-hand with their law enforcement
agencies to monitor compliance. If the government didn’t entertain any
fear in opening markets and banks which are not as organised as the church, why
should the government entertain fear about the compliance of the church?
“We are hopeful that latest by the first
Sunday in June, all our churches would open again for congregational worship
under COVID-19 prevention regulations. As I said before, we are consulting with
the government on this.”