The Lagos State Government has banned all religious gatherings expected to consist of
over 50 people within the state as this affect mainly the Christian and Muslims.
The decision was reached on Wednesday after a closed-door meeting between the Lagos
State Government officials and religious leaders.
Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, confirmed the new
development to newsmen at the Press Centre, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.
He said that the decision was taken in the interest of Lagosians adding that it was
necessary toward curbing the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.
‘‘We met with religious leaders both Christians and Muslims. We discussed, argued and
realized that the lives of Lagosians is important to us.
“We prefer to offend people than to kill our people.”
‘‘Let me assure you that the state government is not insensitive to the Lenten period and
various religious activities going on. We are concerned because it is only the living that can
”Having discussed extensively, the heads of religious bodies agreed government should
embark on massive education of the coronavirus at the grassroots level.
”Health workers should up their games, while more should be recruited; and hospitals
should be compelled to attend to people without prejudice.
‘‘In view of this, we have decided to suspend all religious activities above 50 people.
The enforcement starts with immediate effect,” the commissioner said.
Earlier Today four cases of persons with Coronavirus in Lagos as the outspread of the
disease has seen lock downs of public places across the world.