COVID-19: Pastor Bakare Kicks against reopening of mosques, churches in Lagos

Pastor Tunde Bakare, founder of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), has warned against plans of the Lagos State Government to reopen in the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday announced plans set in motion for the reopening of religious centres, restaurants and schools in the State.

The Government fixed August 14, 2020, for the reopening of restaurants in Lagos State at 50 per cent capacity.

He also explained that schools will resume on August 3 to enable exit students to write their examinations.

Speaking further, Sanwo-Olu disclosed that worship centres (Churches and Mosques) will reopen effective August 7.

But speaking during the CGCC’s (formerly known as the Latter Rain Assembly) online Sunday worship, Pastor Bakare kicked against the move.

He said: “I have to appeal to you once again, please keep safe and do your best to stay alive. Do not let anyone, whether religious leader or governmental leader, to drive you like a sheep to the slaughter. If they (the government and the disease control authorities) said that the month of August is going to be the peak of the infection, why should they ask people to rush in (re-open the churches) again?

“Please keep safe and do your best to keep alive by keeping all the necessary rules. We know that by the grace of God this pandemic like the others before it has an expiry date. It shall not see our end. We shall see its end in the mighty name of Jesus.”

According to Pastor Bakare, Sanwo-Olu might have caved in to pressure from religious leaders to lift the ban it earlier placed on religious gatherings.

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