A Nigerian man of God identified as Pastor Ituah Ighodalo has called on the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to close down churches if the need arises, following the rise in cases of COVID-19.
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Speaking in an interview on Arise TV, the man of God stated that a church is just a place where people gather to worship, and if that gathering will lead to the spread of any deadly disease, then it should be shut down to curb the spread.
He said that the churches will resort to the usual online sermons until the virus is curbed for them to resume fellowshipping in the churches.
In his own words, he said;
“If we need to. There is nothing sacrosanct about a religious house; a religious house is a gathering of people wanting to worship God. If that gathering and that intimacy in the gathering will lead to the spread of germs or disease, God, because you want to worship Him, would not say that the physical things that you need to do should not be done.
“So, if we need to shut down the churches, why not? Churches were shut down several months ago. We didn’t die, we survived. The churches learnt to go online, on Zoom. Christianity benefited from it because we now began to use more technology to offer our evangelism and our worship of God and we quite enjoyed it.
“The Zoom meetings are not as intimate but we have managed to reduce things to house fellowships and life must go on.”
“To speak to the issue as to whether churches are the ones who have not allowed COVID-19 cases to go down or who are the ones going against COVID-19 protocols, I regret to say I don’t quite agree.
“I think the government has bigger fishes to fry. If you go to any of the markets, any of the bus stops, any of the busy places, people don’t even wear masks. So, those gatherings of people are much more than the gathering in any church from time to time.
“In fairness to most churches, they have tried, a few no doubt have flouted the rules here and there but most of them have tried to keep to the COVID-19 protocols. So, it is not fair to say that it is the big churches that are flouting COVID guidelines”.
Meanwhile in Ghana, the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo in his address to the nation on the measures taken to curb the deadly virus, said our borders, night clubs and beaches remains close until further notice.