The National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Supo Ayokunle, has stressed the need for churches in the country to remain closed saying that the time is not ripe for them to reopen for worship.

Rev Ayokunle’s advice which is contained in a statement he is issued on Friday, comes as some state governors lift restrictions on worship in churches and mosques.

Also, some notable clergymen like General Overseer of The Living Faith Ministries Worldwide otherwise known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo and the founder of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, have vehemently criticized governments’ decision to continue to close churches, but allowed markets and other public institutions to reopen.

According to the CAN President, it is not yet time for churches to reopen noting that with the relaxation of lockdown the country has had increased cases of the coronavirus.

He said, “The above relaxation has on the other hand increased the pressure mounted on us, church leaders, from our members for the churches and other places of worship to be opened.

“All churches to remain closed because the daily increasing infected people in Nigeria is dangerous for the survival of us all.

“The church needs to exercise restrain at this time so that we might not naively and over zealously plunge our members into regrettable destruction and sorrow.”


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