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COVID-19: Group urges FG to reopen schools, religious houses

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Despite the rising cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria, a group called the Concerned Advocates for Good Governance (CAGC), has called on the Federal Government to reopen schools and religious houses.

The group in a statement its National Coordinator, Olusegun Bamgbose, said the refusal to open religious centres may spell doom for Nigeria’s political leaders.

It read: “It’s no doubt that the temporary closure of religious activities in Nigeria was due to the ravaging pandemic, Coronavirus. The virus has actually not subsided. People are actually dying everyday. The number of infected persons is rising everyday. This is no doubt a sad development.

“The lockdown is no doubt necessary to halt the spread of the highly dreaded virus that has claimed many lives in Nigeria. However, it has become necessary for the Federal Government to declare Mosques and Churches open for normal services.

“The Federal Government should realize that religious houses are power houses of the country. This nation would have ceased to exist as one country except for the prayers of the Moslems and Christians. The time is ripe for the powerhouses to be opened for normal services.

“I believe I have the permission of God to make this statement. This should be done not later than 19th June 2020, to avoid an open disaster in high quarters.

“Continuing shut down of religious houses may spell doom for our political leaders. One will, however, warn the prosperity preachers to soft pedal on this. In the same vein, one will urge the Federal Government to open schools in batches. The JSS 3, SS3 and final year students in our tertiary institutions should be allowed to resume for obvious reasons.

“They should be allowed to resume and take their exams. The indefinite closure of schools may be counterproductive.”

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