The overseer of the Citadel Global Community church (CGCC), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has warned against the reopening of worship centers as directed by the Lagos state government in spite the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.
During his online sermon on Sunday, the cleric urged Christians not to allow any religious leader or government official to lead them like a sheep to the slaughter house.
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”, Bakare, whose church used to be known as The Latter Rain Assembly said.
“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.”
His warning followed the Lagos State Government’s lifting of the ban placed on religious gathering since March to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The state government recently announced that public religious worships by the Muslims and Christians in the state would commence from Friday, August 7 and Sunday, August 9, 2020, respectively. Bakare said even though the government has the right to open the churches, it doesn’t have the right to force worship centers to re-open.