The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has given an update on when the churches in Nigeria will be reopened.

While reacting, Rev Samson Ayokunle, the CAN President disclosed that Federal Government may lift the vein on religious restrictions on religious gathering by the first Sunday of June.

Ayokunle said that the religious association and its members have so far complied to the government's directives on the ban of church services and it has come to a time where it be confidently say that the resumption of religious activities was not much of a challenged anymore.

Rev Samson Ayokunle also included that "as one of the most organised institutions in the country with trained leadership and good guidance by the Scripture, the Church is well prepared for the resumption of worship." 

“We are in discussions with the Federal Government and are drawing the guidelines that churches would follow in order not to endanger the life of any worshipper and equally prevent COVID-19 infection.

“We are sure of compliance if the government allows our compliance team to work hand-in-hand with their law enforcement agencies to monitor compliance. If the government didn’t entertain any fear in opening markets and banks which are not as organised as the church, why should the government entertain fear about the compliance of the church?

“We are hopeful that latest by the first Sunday in June, all our churches would open again for congregational worship under COVID-19 prevention regulations. As I said before, we are consulting with the government on this,” Ayokunle said.

CAN have also met with members of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 where the matter was discussed.

It would be remembered that religious gatherings had remained shunned as a result of the outburst of the pandemic Corona virus in the Country.

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