The serving overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, August 2, directed members of his church to ignore the directive of the Lagos state government on the reopening of religious centres.
1st News had reported that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, had announced that religious centres will reopen from August 7.
However, speaking during an online service, Tunde Bakare faulted the decision to reopen worship centres when the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) projected that the COVID-19 may reach its peak in August.
He advised worshippers not to be “deceived by the government or religious leaders”.
“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,” Tunde Bakare 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.”
In June, the pastor had said his church will remain closed “until the coast is clear”.
Meanwhile, the Presidency has frowned at the reported plan by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on a nationwide protest over the alleged President Muhammadu Buhari’s “inaction over the high-level of corruption uncovered at some Federal Government’s commissions.”
1st News had reported that both the Executive and Legislative arms are currently investigating alleged cases of misconduct at the Niger Delta Development Agency (NDDC); the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF); as well as the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
Malam Garba Shehu, the Presidency Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Monday, August 3; however, described the planned protests against the affected commissions by TUC as ill-advised and totally uncalled for.
This is so, according to the Presidency, in view of the fact that there are ongoing investigations in the cases; by both the Executive and Legislative arms of government.