President, Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN), Rev. Supo Ayokunle, has called for caution on the call for the reopening of churches, saying it was not yet time.
Ayokunle, in an official statement he personally signed on Friday, said churches need to exercise restrain at this time so that churches might not naively and overzealously plunge members into regrettable destruction and sorrow.
According to him, the relaxation of lockdown had seen the country witness more coronavirus infection.
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He said, “According to him, the relaxation of lockdown had seen the country witness more coronavirus infection.
“The church needs to exercise restrain at this time so that we might not naively and overzealously plunge our members into regrettable destruction and sorrow.
“Champions for the reopening of worship centres argue that if people had contracted the virus in the markets and other places, closing the church from worshipping becomes unreasonable!
“It is like using medicine after death! Furthermore, the church is more organised and a place of healing.”
The CAN President urged all churches in the country to remain closed, stressing that the daily increasing infected people is dangerous for the survival of all.
Recall some popular men of God in the country including General Overseer of The Living Faith Ministries Worldwide otherwise known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, had said the continuous closure of churches when markets and other public institutions were reopened was suspicious.
Also backing Bishop Oyedepo up, Founder of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, said there was a calculated attempt to weaken the growth of the church in Nigeria.
Churches and other religious centres were closed by the Federal Government to contain the spread of COVID-19.