Crossover night: Comply with COVID-19 preventive measures, CAN tells Churches
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has beseeched churches in the country to follow strictly the COVID-19 protocols and preventive measures as directed by the relevant state government authorities as they prepare for the crossover night service.
Ayokunle, revealed that the total ban on crossover night service by some state governments was a necessary sacrifice to put an end to the pandemic once and for all, made known that CAN supports government decision that will promote the development of the country.
CAN President said in a statement that was signed by him: “We understand the unfortunate state COVID19 infection has put everybody world over which caused some state governments to place a total ban on crossover night service and we are not happy that we would not be able to enter into the new year prayerfully in joint fellowship with our brothers and sisters.
“We, however, urge you all to abide by the directives of each state government on this so as to prevent the spread of the infection. There is no sacrifice that is too much, in order to put an end to the pandemic once and for all.
“We advise that, where the government places an embargo on the Crossover Night service, churches may meet earlier to praise and give God praises for the gift of life despite the pandemic and to place their requests for 2021 before God.
“In those states, services should be closed about 10:30 pm or at most 11:00 pm to enable worshippers to return home on time.
Ayokunle expressed gladness that the COVID-19 pandemic would soon be over and social and religious engagement returned to their normalcy.
“It (COVID-19 second wave) is a passing phase and this too shall pass away in Jesus Name. Very soon, the pandemic will become history and we will return to our usual routine services in Jesus’ Name,” the cleric added.
The CAN president further reiterated that state government should relate with CAN leaders as they are partners in progress and development of the country.
“We also call on local government authorities to enforce the COVID-19 protocols in our markets and in the transport sector,” Rev. Samson Ayokunle added.