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Ban on Churches cross over night: Osun CAN tells Oyetola to reverse stand



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The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Osun State Chapter said, they were mounting pressure on the State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola to reverse the ban on cross over night normally held by Churches in the State.

The governor banned all Churches from congregating for cross over night on the eve of new year due to COVID-19 resurgence, a development that didn’t go well with church community in the State.

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Reacting to the development in Osogbo on Monday, the State CAN Chairman,
Bishop Amos Ogunrinde, explained that efforts were being made to ensure observance of cross over night in the State.

“Our leadership is dialoguing with the state government over the cross over service. We are so sure that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola will make another statement on the directive.

“Oyetola is a listening governor and we are sure that the dialogue will be fruitful.”

CAPITAL POST reports that the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Prince Wole Oyebamiji, directed security operatives in the state to enforce ban on Church congregation and other gatherings under any guise.

The government further said, “The ban on youth carnivals still subsists. Also, all social clubs, hotels, departmental stores, supermarkets, event centres and allied centres are to henceforth operate at half of their capacities and observe Covid-19 protocols.

“Wearing of face masks at public places is equally compulsory.

“We want to appeal to all residents and citizens to cut down on social gatherings, including weddings, naming ceremonies and funeral ceremonies so as to reduce the spate of exposure and contact with possible carriers visiting the State during the Yuletide period.

“Also all towns and cities are to put on hold the annual days through physical attendance and change such to the virtual version.

“We assure all citizens and residents that the Government is insisting on all these measures in their collective interest. Therefore, let’s all join hands with the Government to keep Osun safe,” it said.

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