Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has held a virtual meeting with religious leaders in the state as part of efforts towards curbing the spread of coronavirus in Lagos.

This is coming less than 24 hours after the governor announced that the government was planning to fully open up the economy, insisting that the state cannot afford a continued lockdown of the economy.

While welcoming the religious leaders to the meeting, the Governor described the pandemic as a global scourge, noting sadly that the Lenten and Ramadan periods fell within the lockdown phase.

Sanwo-Olu briefed the leaders on government efforts since the first index case in Lagos, stressing that the State was already 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 are now 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 also insisted that the ‘0 – congregation’ stance of the government for religious worship centres is still in force to ensure physical distancing, adding that all hands must be on deck to do more sensitisation and monitoring to complement government efforts.

Sanwo-Olu, therefore, called for continued support and prayers of the religious Leaders to successfully navigate this perilous period.

In his contribution, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Lagos State branch, Apostle (Prof.) Alexander Bamgbola thanked the Governor for being proactive, dogged and pragmatic in his approach to the situation which he believes, has saved so many lives.

He promised that the Christian leaders in the state will continue to support the efforts of the State Government in sensitising and enlightening their followers on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Grand Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheik (Engr.) Suleiman Abu-Nolla, who spoke on behalf of the Islamic and 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.

Some of the notable religious leaders present during the virtual meeting with the Governor included Pastor W.F. Kumuyi (Deeper life), Pastor Joseph Obayemi (RCCG), Dr. D.K. Olukoya (MFM), Rev. Mrs. Mercy Ezekiel (CPM), Amb. Mrs. Elizabeth Onajobi of WOWICAN, His Eminence Samuel Kanu Uche and other leaders in the five Christian bloc and the executives of CAN.

Also present were Imam Dr. Abdulrahman Ahmad (Chief Missioner, Ansaru-deen), Sheik Abdulhakeem Lawal, Imam Abdul Akeem Lawal, Dr. (Mrs) Egberongbe of FOMWAN, Sheik Uwais, Chief Imams of the various Divisions of the State, MSSN and other top religious leaders in Lagos.