**The market environment is an open space. The horrible effect is not there**
The Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Public Communications, Remmy Hazzan has explained the reason for continued closure of churches , in his words, “We have said it before that comparing markets with churches and mosques is not ideal. The market environment is an open space. The horrible effect is not there and so the use of face masks may just be sufficient. There is still a spike in COVID-19 cases in Ogun and Lagos states.
“Lagos is the epicentre and Ogun State is like New Jersey to New York in the United States; we cannot pretend that this state is completely immune.
“We are not in any way taking any unjustified decision. This is in the interest of the public. In the end, everyone will be back to worship God that we all serve. The public interest is not meant to punish any faith-based organisation or any faith whatsoever.”
Mainwhile,the Christian Association of Nigeria has made a request for the opening of churches, but it was turned down by the Ogun state government, the association had in a statement on Wednesday by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant (Media and Communications) to the President, Rev Supo Ayokunle, kicked against the continued closure of churches, particularly in Lagos and Ogun states.
Can insisted that with the reopening of the economy, especially the markets, both organised and the unorganised markets, along with the plan to reopen airports and schools, the closure of churches anywhere in the country is no longer tenable and acceptable.