By Amechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – There is hope that the subsisting ban on religious activities in the country, as part of wider measures by the federal government and health authorities to stem the further spread of COVID-19 in the country, would be relaxed in June, as the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is reportedly in talks with the federal government on the modalities to be observed. CAN’s optimism was expressed via a statement by its President, Rev Samson Ayokunle.
According to Ayokunle, the FG had no fears about reopening worship centres, which are more organized than the banks and markets that were already back in business.
Excerpts of the CAN statement read:
“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 the 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 infection.
“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 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.”