… As Governments give conditions
By our Correspondent
The Cross River State Government and her Kano counterpart have lifted bans placed on religious worship effect from May 24, 2020.
The bans, which were placed as one of the measures to contain the ravaging Coronavirus in the country by both federal and state governments have been gradually suspended by some states to give room for religious activities.
In a statement by the Cross River State Government, signed by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Cross River State Governor, Christian Ita and made available to Century Newsfront, the governor, Sir Ben Ayade KSJI appreciated religious leaders for their understanding and cooperation during the period of restriction, advised them to ensure that they don’t exceed the limit of the church/mosque capacity, “starting from Sunday, May 24, 2020, church services are permitted but should be limited to the sitting capacity of the Church. Same applies to Mosques”. The statement further advised on the observance of precautionary measures within and outside worship centres.
In a similar vein, following the suspension of restriction on public worship to Muslim faithful in Kano State by the state governor, Abdulahi Umar Ganduje on May 18 for the reopening of mosques in the state, allowing for Juma’at and Eid prayers, The Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Kano Chapter, Apostle Ralph Olufemi Olowo has called on Christian Churches to take advantage of the suspension to open churches for worship for four hours each Sunday, “The has announced that churches could now conduct services on Sundays, for four hours owing to the Government relaxation of lockdown for Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Churches in Kano can now hold service on Sunday between 10am-2pm,”
The cleric also stressed that churches must strictly adopt COVID-19 precautionary measures during the service. He prayed for spiritual refreshing and empowerment, “I pray God to make our fellowship spiritually refreshing, intellectually impactful and physically mutual”.