Reopening of Churches in Lagos: T.B. Joshua takes a different decision

A popular cleric, Prophet TB Joshua, who is the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), on Wednesday, said he needs to hear from God before reopening SCOAN services.

The prophet made the disclosure while responding to the Lagos State Government’s decision to lift the ban on the religious gathering.

Recall that the Federal Government had placed a ban on religious gatherings since March in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. It relaxed the ban on June 2 but granted states discretion for local implementation of the order. Lagos State, the epicentre of the virus in Nigeria with 15,355 of the country’s 44,433 confirmed cases, deferred the ban relaxation.

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But speaking through his Emmanuel TV station, the Prophet applauded Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s decision to reopen places of worship. He assured his followers that as soon as God speaks, he would let them know when physical services will resume. According to him, “Good morning and win today! Following the announcement that church services will resume in Lagos on August 9th, 2020 – that is, this coming Sunday – I wish to commend the authorities for their efforts so far. “However, having heard from the authorities, we are now waiting to hear from God. Please be assured that as soon as we hear from God, we will inform you when our services will resume. Emmanuel – God is with us”.

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