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The leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Lagos State have promised total compliance by the time the Churches in the state open for service. This was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman in the state, Professor Alex Bamgbola following the permission of the State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the weekend.
The governor had announced a relaxation of the lockdown on Worship Centres, in Lagos State, with effect from August 7, 2020.
The statement as received by PTL News read, “On behalf of the State EXCO and Heads of the five Blocs of the Christian Association of Nigeria (C.A.N.), Lagos State, I bring greetings to all Christian leaders, Ministers and Christian congregations in Lagos State, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. May it continue to be well with us individually, collectively as the Church of Jesus Christ in Lagos State and our nation Nigeria, in Jesus Name. Amen.
“Yesterday August 1, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Governor and Incident Commander on Coronavirus Pandemic in Lagos State, announced a relaxation of the lockdown on Worship Centres, in Lagos State, with effect from August 7, 2020. According to the Governor, the encouraging trend of the COVID-19 in our dear State, facilitated this decision. We must therefore, give thanks and glory to God, for answering our prayers. We must also thank our Lord God Jehovah, for giving our dear Governor the strength, wisdom, understanding and guidance since the beginning of this dark period in our State and nation.
“I pray that our God will continue to defend us, fight this battle; and give us total victory, in Jesus name. May it continue to be well with us in Lagos State and Nigeria at large, in Jesus name. Our victory over this evil pandemic, shall be permanent, in Jesus Name,” he prayed.
He continued, “On behalf of the EXCO and the entire leadership of C.A.N. Lagos State, I wish to express our deepest appreciation, to all the Church leaders in the five blocs of C.A.N in Lagos State, for their patience, understanding and ceaseless prayers, during the lockdown of the past four months. Our Lord Jesus Christ, will surely continue to build His Church in Lagos State, by reason of His infallible Word of Covenant; and the gates of hell shall never be able to prevail against His Church, in Jesus Name.
“I wish to humbly remind all the Church leaders in our State, that with this partial relaxation of the lockdown, the State Government is putting a great responsibility upon the Church in Lagos State. We must recognize consistently for now, that the coronavirus pandemic is still lingering over us in the State.
“I am humbly imploring all Church leaders and congregations in the State to ensure that we intensify our prayers and intercession in ensuring that our Lord God Jehovah totally destroys this pandemic and flush it rapidly out of our State and our nation. We can not afford to relent or relax yet,” promising to cooperate fully with the State Government, “in ensuing that all Churches comply with the agreed protocols, in our own interest and that of the entire populace of Lagos State.
“All Christian Worship Centers in the State, must be fully prepared and in full compliance, before Sunday August 9, 2020. There must be proper monitoring and supervision by each denomination, to ensure and ascertain full compliance of the agreed protocols. This is to avoid any embarrassment of sanctions by Lagos State Government Authorities.”