Although the Presidential Task Force (PTF)
has directed the relaxation of places of worship in the country but indeed that
did not come without further re-evaluation from states as enshrined in the
principles of federal system guaranteeing the independents of states
retains the ban with a view of containing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The Federal Government had on Monday
eased the restriction on worship centres. But churches and mosques in Lagos
State will not reopen due to a disagreement between the state government and
religious leaders over protocols and guidelines.
The possibility of reopening has been
ruled out, declared Commissioner for Home Affairs, Anofiu Elegushi at a press
briefing to commemorate the first year in office of Governor Babajide
Elegushi said: “Even before the
pronouncement by the Federal Government, we have been having meetings with the
religious leaders. We even had one with the Safety Commission, looking at the
possibility of reopening of religious houses.
“We also had one with the leaders of
the two faiths. I want to tell you categorically that at that meeting, the
possibility of reopening religious houses was ruled out totally. They claimed
they could not take the responsibility of ensuring that only 20 or 50 people
are praying behind them.
Dr Raji Abdulrazaq, the commissioner of
health in Kwara state, on its part, told journalists that the state is yet to
lift the ban on religious activities.
He said although the Federal Government
had lifted Ban on religious activities in the country, it nevertheless left the
state with discretion.
We shall be meeting with stakeholders
on modalities for protecting the people of the state he added!
Osun State in a statement made
available to urban Express-News Online said it will be meeting with religious
leaders in the state to evolve modalities for the reopening of places of