Missed reactions have greeted the recent lift of ban on religious activities in Ondo State.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, at a press briefing on Wednesday, had announced a relaxation of ban on religious gathering in the state after he made consultations with religious leaders and stakeholders.
The Governor stated that Churches will be allowed to open on Sundays, while mosques will open on Fridays, while he emphasized that precautionary and preventive measures should be strictly observed.
However different views and opinions have been expressed by Muslims and Christians concerning the lifting of the ban.
Mr Samuel Abiola, a worshipper with the Christ the King Church, Akure, according to SaharaReporters, said the opening of the churches was “a right decision by the State Government.”
He also noted that it would “allow Christians to pray more for the nation” in the midst of the bedeviling challenges of the pandemic in the country.
Ibrahim Rafiu, a muslim faithful, also opined that allowing worshippers in Mosques was “a welcomed development but he expressed fear that it could trigger a spread of the novel coronavirus in such gatherings.
The Chairman of The Christian Association of Nigeria in Ondo State, Rev Ayo Oladapo, in a chat with Sahara Reporters, also confirmed that the religious leaders in the State have been intimated with the modalities to protect worshippers from the virus in churches and mosques.
He said, “We would be working with the state government to ensure that our people are reminded on what they need to do in keeping themselves safe from contracting the virus
Ondo State has recorded 24 cases of COVID-19, and two deaths, while 19 patients have been discharged and 3, still on admission.