Coronavirus: Governor Abiodun suspends re-opening of churches and mosques in Ogun State
The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has suspended the re-opening of worship centres across the state indefinitely due to the increased number of coronavirus cases.
The Governor made the statement on Friday while speaking on the steps taken to reduce the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the state and community spreading of the virus.
A fortnight ago, Governor Abiodun announced June 19 as the tentative date for the re-opening of religious centres in the state with a multilateral committee set up to work out modalities for re-opening.
Over the last two weeks, Ogun State recorded 623 positive cases of Covid-19, according the latest report released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday.
We, as a Government charged with the first responsibility of protecting her people, will not be reopening our churches and masks. This follows intense deliberations with religious leaders, who were rationally in agreement with us.
— Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun – MFR (@dabiodunMFR) June 19, 2020
“Consequently, we are confronted with two choices – yield to the demand of those who want the restrictions to be further relaxed or even completely removed, even if this is at variance with the dictates of incontrovertible data analysis and scientific opinion; or tow the path that preserves public health and safety, even if not so popular,” Governor Abiodun said.
“As a responsible administration, we choose life and the wellbeing of our citizens and are therefore constrained to take the painful but necessary decision to maintain the current regime of eased lockdown in the meantime.
“We are consequently suspending our initially slated re-opening of places of worship.”