The Lagos State government and the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are heading on collision course over the ritual cross-over services held in churches to usher in the New Year.
Recall 12.00pm- 4.00am curfew imposed by the federal government to curtail the spread of the novel disease is still in place. So also, churches usually hold the cross-over services between every December 31 night and the early hours of January 1st.
On Thursday the Lagos government said due to the curfew in force, the traditional cross-over services have been cancelled across the state, a position, which is at variance with CAN.
Speaking, the Christians’ body’s chairman in the state, Bishop Stephen Adegbite said the services would go ahead only with a variation and adherence to COVID-19 protocol saying, “And we have also informed members that those that want to stay in church beyond 12:15 am, must ensure that they do not leave their premises until 4am. Having said that, crossover services are to last between 10pm and 12:15am so that worshippers would return home. That is the position of the church.”