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Sanwo-Olu considers reopening religious centres after virtual meeting with clerics

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, May 17, urged religious leaders to sensitise residents on measures to curb the spread of coronavirus and stay safe.

Sanwo-Olu said their role is very vital because many of the residents in the state worship under them either as Muslims or Christians and they could help contain community transmission of COVID-19.

The governor made this appeal in the first-ever virtual meeting he held with religious leaders in the State.

According to a statement by the government on Monday, the pandemic is spreading at the community transmission level, hence the need for religious leaders to sensitise their followership on preventive measures to curb the spread of the virus.

He further reiterated the need for adherence to social distancing which is evidenced with the “zero congregation” stance of the government for worship centres.

Sanwo-Olu called for continued support and prayers of the clerics at such a time as this.

Welcoming the religious leaders to the meeting, the governor described the pandemic as a global scourge.

He observed that sadly, the Lenten and Ramadan seasons have also fallen under the lockdown period.

The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria-CAN, Lagos State Branch, Apostle (Prof.) Alexander Bamgbola thanked the Governor for being proactive, dogged, and pragmatic in his approach to the situation.

Bamgbola said his efforts have saved so many lives and promised on behalf of the Christian faithful in the State to continue to support efforts of government in sensitisation and enlightenment.

Speaking on behalf of the Islamic and Muslim leaders, the Grand Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheik (Engr.) Suleiman Abu-Nolla, described this period as a time of collective survival; when all religions must put everything to work in order to ensure the survival of all.

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