Ogun State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, on Sunday, appealed to the state government over its suspension of the cross-over services and carnivals for the New Year amid the spike in COVID-19 cases nationwide.
CAN noted that the directive of the state government was generating misgivings among churches in all parts of the state.
The Christian body said the government did not suspend the cross-over night service as widely reported.
Governor Dapo Abiodun had in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, suspended cross-over services and carnivals for the New Year in view of the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.
Abiodun had also directed civil servants to proceed on Christmas and New Year break from Thursday, December 24, 2020, to Monday, January 4, 2021.
CAN State Chairman, Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, in a statement titled, ‘A passionate appeal for the observance of cross-over night,’ said there had been serious concerns over the ban.
The CAN Chairman said he decided to solicit the indulgence of the governor to allow for the observance of the cross-over services in churches in the state like it is happening in Lagos State.
According to the statement, “In view of the second wave of COVID-19 Pandemic and its consequent restrictions on religious activities across the State, there have been so many calls and appeals by the Church leaders for the observance of Cross-Over Night on December 31, 2020.
“To this end, I hereby write on behalf of the leadership and entire structure of Christian Association of Nigeria, Ogun State, to solicit for the indulgence of Your Excellency to allow for the observance of the Cross-Night among the Churches in Ogun State just as it is the in our neighbouring Lagos State.
“In the spirit of operating in consonance with COVID-19 protocols, it is our plan and request:
“That churches be allowed to START the Cross-Over Night Service by 10:30 pm on 31st December 2020 and END it by 12:15 am on 1st January 2021.
“That the worshippers be allowed movement back to their places of abode between 12:15 am and 1:00 am on 1st January 2021.
“That the Churches shall put in place and observe all the necessary COVID-19 protocols as released by the government.
“The Church of Christ in Ogun State shall be very happy and grateful to His Excellency for granting this request.”