The Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sawoolu in a virtual meeting with religious leaders on Monday revealed that Churches and Mosques will remain closed.
POLITICS NIGERIA gathered that the Governor reiterated that the “0 – Congregation” stance of Government for religious worship centres is still in force to ensure physical distancing, adding that all hands must be on deck to do more sensitisation and monitoring to complement government efforts.
The virtual meeting had in attendance top Christian and Muslim leaders. Notable Christian leaders present at the meeting include Pastor W.F. Kumuyi (Deeper life), Pastor Joseph Obayemi (RCCG), Dr D.K. Olukoya (MFM), Rev. Mrs Mercy Ezekiel (CPM), Amb. Mrs Elizabeth Onajobi of WOWICAN, His Eminence Samuel Kanu Uche and other leaders in the five Christian Bloc and CAN Executives.
Popular Muslim leaders were also present at the meeting. Imam Dr Abdulrahman Ahmad (Chief Missioner, Ansaru-deen), Sheik Abdulhakeem Lawal, Imam Abdul Akeem Lawal, Dr. (Mrs) Egberongbe of FOMWAN, Sheik Uwais, Chief Imams of the various Divisions of the State, MSSN and other top religious leaders in Lagos.
Reacting to the governor’s statement, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Lagos State Branch, Apostle (Prof.) Alexander Bamgbola praised Sanwo-Olu for being proactive and pragmatic in his approach to handling the COVID-19 crisis in the state. He added that the governor’s approach saved many lives.
Speaking on behalf of the Muslims, Grand Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheik (Engr.) Suleiman Abu-Nolla encouraged the government to keep working with religious leaders adding that it was a time of ‘Collective survival’.