The Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, placed a ban on the religious gathering of more than 50 people in the state to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease.
This was disclosed in a communiqué read by the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mr Anofiu Elegushi, on behalf of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIRC), Lagos chapter.
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Elegushi said “We hereby agree we should suspend all religious congregation that is over 50 within the state for four weeks. It is easy to establish contacts of about fifty people. To achieve this, a committee should be set up to monitor and report on a daily basis,”
“While the constitution allows for freedom of association and worship, we are of the opinion that we should exercise our rights with extreme caution so as to avoid contacting and spreading of this disease. We hereby appeal to you to please pay close attention to people coming into our places of worship, anyone found showing symptoms of this disease should immediately be reported to the appropriate authorities,”
“We should put in place measures that will ensure the cleanliness of our environment bearing in mind that, cleanliness is next to godliness. Aside from our normal ablutions, our worshippers should be encouraged to make use of hand sanitizers, avoid bodily contacts as much as possible and ensure safety measures in and around their places of abode.”
The commissioner further stated that a 15-man committee co-chaired by the Commissioner and Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs Adebunmi Adekanye, had been set up to ensure full implementation of the directive.
The meeting with the religious leaders which held at Baguada Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, was attended by the representatives of leaders from both Christian and Islamic organisations. Present at the meeting were the Grand Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Sulaiman Abu Nolla and the Chairman of Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos chapter, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola.