In agreement with religious leaders, the Lagos State Government has banned all religious congregational services involving over 50 worshippers for four weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The decision was made known in a statement released by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, after a meeting, with religious leaders (NIREC members) in the state at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended by the Lagos Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Alexander Bamgbola and Grand Chief Imam of Lagos state, Sheikh Suleiman Abou Nolla and other religious leaders from all over the state.
A 15-member committee was set up to monitor and review the situation and report during the period of four weeks for possible updates.
The Commissioner and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs Adebunmi Adekanye are co-chairs of the committee while other members of the committee including the Grand Chief Imam and CAN chairman, among others.
The Commissioner, Grand Imam and CAN chairman spoke at the end of the meeting, confirming the decision as a necessity to save the lives of the people and calling for compliance with the directive by members. The commissioner assured that the state government was not insensitive of various religious activities in the state.
“Only the living can worship, it is better to offend our people than to kill them”, he stated.