The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev Alfred Adewale Martins, on Wednesday called on the Lagos State Government to ease the restriction on religious gatherings in the state, arguing that churches are better placed to maintain discipline among their faithful than most other institutions.
Reacting to the news making the rounds that the Lagos State Government through its Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mr Anofiu Elegushi, is insisting on continued restriction on religious gatherings, Archbishop Martins wondered why it would seem that there is a conclusion that it is when people gather to worship that coronavirus can be spread while the spread of the virus is suspended when they cluster and huddle together in markets, motor parks and banks.
In a Press Statement released by the Director of Social Communications, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, the Prelate said: “There is no doubt that the COVID-19 Pandemic is real, and we all feel concerned that the numbers are rising.
“However, we know also that the virus will be with us for some time and more testing will reveal more infected persons but at the same time the truth is that life must go on. We believe strongly that Churches as institutions are better able to exert control of situations and maintain discipline among their faithful than most other institutions. (Vanguard)