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In an apparent response to the release by the Lagos State government making the rounds calling churches, mosques and other public institutions in Lagos to register before opening for services, the leadership of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has called on members to remain calm, prayerful and watchful as the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria in Lagos would reply and get back to the authorities.
The statement signed by the Chairman Bishop Sola Ore said the leaders were studying the situation as they have identified some grey areas of the government’s release, especially the areas that have to do with prevention of the young and the old in coming to the Church, registration of Churches, claiming that they were not part of such arrangement.
He also assured members not to insinuate any consideration whether the leadership had compromised or backslided by taking positions with the government.The statement in part read,
“Following the address of the governor on the ease of lockdown of worship centres, the leadership of PFN with the leaders of other blocs of CAN have concluded at an emergency meeting today and looked critically at the conditions for the re-opening of churches and resolved to meet with the government early next week to submit our positions especially on the prevention of children and people of 65 years and above from the church; the issue of registration, task force monitoring etc.
“We will also remind them that many of these conditions were not part of the agreed position that was presented to the government.
He appealed to the members to be “assured that we have not backslided or turn to anti-christ as many among us have been insinuating, adding that “We love the Lord and care for the sheep whom the Chief Shepherd has made us overseers.”
Concluding he told them to “remain calm, prayerful and watchful as the leadership of CAN in Lagos replies and get back to the authorities. “

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