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The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Oyo State chapter has said that it supports the decision of the state government to close churches who flouted COVID-19 protocols.
The Oyo State government had in December 2020 threatened to close churches who did not follow its established COVID-19 protocols during the Yuletide season and would close more if they flout the rules.
Speaking about reports that the state would shut down the churches who flouted the protocols, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju, the CAN Chairman in the state on Tuesday said he stands with the decision of the government.
He also advised churches to comply with the COVID-19 protocols.
Akinyemiju said, “The stand of the government is that any church that defaults will be closed down, and that’s where we are.
“The guidelines are clear, simple and we expect that by now everyone should be used to wearing face masks, washing hands, maintaining social distancing among other measures.
“Christians should ensure they remain alive at all costs, our God is a God of the living and He gave us life free of charge; so if out of disobedience the life is lost, there will be the consequence.
“Church leaders should continue to admonish their members on the need to appreciate God’s love for giving us life by being obedient,” he said.
Akinyemiju added that the state’s CAN will continue to liaise with churches to keep sensitising their congregation to stay safe and provide a safe environment in the church.
“Highest standard of personal discipline is expected of any child of God and that’s what it takes to obey the COVID-19 protocol.
“Oyo CAN has a Compliance Monitoring Committee to ensure that churches adhere to stipulated guidelines for safety.
“We should always remember that face mask is better than a ventilator.
“We shouldn’t disappoint our Creator by engaging in things that will cut our lives short. May God Almighty wipe out this noisome pestilence for us and heal our land in Jesus name,” he prayed.