The CAN chairman in Oyo state, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju, has called on all church leaders must continue to ensure their congregation complies with NCDC directives to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The State chapter of the association identified that it is in support of the state government’s decision to close down any church that flouts the COVID-19 prevention protocols.
The State government had in December 2020, before the Christian cross over service, threatened to shut churches that don’t maintain COVID-19 protocol.
“The stand of the government is that any church that defaults will be closed down, and that’s where we are.
“The guidelines are clear, simple and we expect that by now everyone should be used to wearing face masks, washing hands, maintaining social distancing among other measures.
“Christians should ensure they remain alive at all costs, our God is a God of the living and He gave us a life free of charge; so if out of disobedience the life is lost, there will be the consequence.
“Church leaders should continue to admonish their members on the need to appreciate God’s love for giving us life by being obedient.
“The fear of the second wave of COVID-19 is the beginning of wisdom, the rate of infection across the country is very alarming.
“The situation is almost beyond what isolation centres can handle, everyone needs to do everything necessary to stay away from getting infected,” he said.
He noted that the state chapter of the association is constantly in touch with church leaders to ensure they keep sensitising their members on the rising rate of infection and the need to abide by the guidelines.
“Highest standard of personal discipline is expected of any child of God and that’s what it takes to obey the COVID-19 protocol.
“Oyo CAN has a Compliance Monitoring Committee to ensure that churches adhere to stipulated guidelines for safety.
“We should always remember that face mask is better than ventilator,” he added.