According to report reaching oyogist.com, the Ogun State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has called on the Ogun state Government to lift the ban suspending cross over services and carnivals for the New Year celebration.
The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun, had earlier in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, directed the suspension of the cross-over services and carnivals for the New Year amidst the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Ogun state CAN Chairman, Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, in a statement titled ‘A passionate appeal for the observance of cross-over night,’ noted that there has been serious concerns over the the ban / restriction imposed by the Ogun state government.
The statement reads; “In view of the second wave of COVID-19 Pandemic and its consequent restrictions on religious activities across the State, there have been so many calls and appeals by the Church leaders for the observance of Cross-Over Night on December 31, 2020.
“To this end, I hereby write on behalf of the leadership and entire structure of Christian Association of Nigeria, Ogun State, to solicit for the indulgence of Your Excellency to allow for the observance of the Cross-Night among the Churches in Ogun State just as it is the in our neighbouring Lagos State.
“In the spirit of operating in consonance with COVID-19 protocols, it is our plan and request:
“That churches be allowed to START the Cross-Over Night Service by 10:30 pm on 31st December 2020 and END it by 12:15 am on 1st January 2021.
“That the worshippers be allowed movement back to their places of abode between 12:15 am and 1:00 am on 1st January 2021.
“That the Churches shall put in place and observe all the necessary COVID-19 protocols as released by the government.
“The Church of Christ in Ogun State shall be very happy and grateful to His Excellency for granting this request,” the State CAN Chairman said.