The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday held a virtual meeting with religious leaders as part of efforts towards curbing the spread of coronavirus in Lagos.
Welcoming the religious leaders to the meeting, Sanwo-Olu described the pandemic as a global scourge, noting that the Lenten and Ramadan periods fell within the lockdown phase.
A statement said Sanwo-Olu briefed the leaders on government efforts since the first index case in Lagos, stressing that the state was on alert immediately the news about the virus broke in China in December 2019 based on experience during the Ebola virus.
“He, however, disclosed that the infection and transmission of the virus was spreading at the community level, hence the urgent need to sensitise religious leaders due to their followership in the state, either as Christians or Muslims.
“The governor reiterated that the ‘0 – congregation’ stance of government for religious worship centres was still in force to ensure physical distancing, adding that all hands must be on deck for more sensitisation and monitoring to complement government efforts.
“Sanwo-Olu called for continued support and prayers of the religious leaders to successfully navigate this perilous period,” the statement said.
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Lagos State, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, was said to have thanked the governor for being proactive in his approach to the situation which, he said, had saved many lives.
He reportedly promised that Christian leaders in the state would continue to support the efforts of the state government in enlightening their followers on the pandemic.
According to the statement, the Grand Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheik Suleiman Abu-Nolla, who spoke for the Muslim leaders, described this period as a time of collective survival when the government and religious leaders must work hand-in-hand to ensure the survival of all.
Among the notable religious leaders present during the virtual meeting were Pastor William Kumuyi (Deeper Christian Life Ministry); Pastor Joseph Obayemi (Redeemed Christian Church of God); Dr. Daniel Olukoya (Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries) and other leaders in the five Christian blocks and CAN executives.
Also present were the Imam Dr. Abdulrahman Ahmad (Chief Missioner, Ansaru-deen), Sheik Abdulhakeem Lawal, Imam Abdul Akeem Lawal, among others.