'It's no longer acceptable' -- CAN kicks against continued closure of churches in Lagos, others/ Samson Ayokunle

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has faulted the continued closure of churches in Lagos and other  parts of Nigeria despite federal government's relaxation of ban on places of worship.

In a statement on Tuesday, CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, said the continued closure of churches is “no longer acceptable and reasonably justified”.

Noting churches can also contribute to fight against the pandemic through divine intervention, Ayokunle said its unfortunate that some states would reopen markets but chose to keep places of worship under lock.

His words: “With the sudden emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), at all levels, agreed with the government on the need to close down the places of worship, economy, schools and every other facet of life.

“But with the reopening of the economy, especially the markets (both organised and the unorganised markets) along with the plan to reopen airports and schools, the closure of churches anywhere in the country is no longer tenable and acceptable.

“In what ways are the opened and roadside markets more organised than the church which warranted their opening? Is it not our members in the places of worship that do go to markets and other sectors opened? “Why are they allowed to go to markets and disallowed from going to places of worship?

“Is it because the marketers cannot contract the virus in the markets and airports? “It is our opinion that while the government and other relevant stakeholders are working hard to get a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church too has a role to play by seeking for divine solutions as well.”