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Lockdown: Don’t compare markets with churches – Ogun State Government tells CAN

by Amadu Victor
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The Ogun State Government has yesterday stated that they are yet to fix a date for the reopening of worship centres following the request by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), oyogist.com reports.

CAN had in a statement through its Special Assistant in Media and Communications to the President, (Rev Supo Ayokunle), Pastor Adebayo Oladeji , said that the continued closure of the Church is unwarranted.

According to Pastor Oladeji, with the current reopening of the economy particularly the markets alongside the plans to reopen schools and airport, has made the closure of churches at this point unacceptable. He argued that the churches are more organised than the markets and therefore the churches should be considered for reopening.


While reacting to CAN, the Ogun State Government through the Special Adviser to the Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Publicity and Communication, Remy Hazzan, stated that CAN should not compare markets with churches. He said that the continued closure of worship centres was done after proper consultation of the leadership of the two religious bodies.

Mr Hazzan continued by saying that the market environment is an open space and therefore is not that prone as compared to the churches and mosques. He further stated that with this the use of face masks may be sufficient for the situation. He maintained that the incident of the COVID-19 is increasing in Lagos and Ogun State.

He said that the State Government is not taking any unjustified decision. He stated that the State government decision was not to punish any faith-based organisation or any faith.

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