General Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), Pastor Tunde Bakare has questioned the Lagos State Government’s decision on reopening of religious centres across the State.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on Saturday announced that worship centres across the states should reopen from 7 August after it was closed late March 2020, in its bid to contain the COVID-19.
Bakare recalled the State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi’s prediction that the virus may reach its peak between the months of July and August and the state could record 90,000 to 120,000 cases of the disease.
According to the former Vice Presidential candidate, reopening of churches is a wrong move at a time when the State is not totally free of COVID-19.
Bakare urged worshippers to stay safe and not allow any religious leaders or government official, to lead them like a sheep to the slaughterhouse.
“I have to appeal to you once again, please keep safe and do your best to stay alive. Do not let anyone, whether religious leader or governmental leader, to drive you like a sheep to the slaughter.
“If they (the government and the disease control authorities) said that the month of August is going to be the peak of the infection, why should they ask people to rush in (re-open the churches) again?
“Please keep safe and do your best to keep alive by keeping all the necessary rules.
“We know that by the grace of God this pandemic like the others before it has an expiry date. It shall not see our end. We shall see its end in the mighty name of Jesus,” he said during his online sermon on Sunday.