Femi Makinde and Kayode Oyero
The Residing Faith Church Worldwide, Ota and Dunamis Church International, Abuja held Sunday providers.
This is going down no topic the orders of the Ogun Verbalize Govt and the Federal Capital Territory Administration restricting the preference of persons in any gathering to 50 to curb the community transmission of the unconventional coronavirus.
In accordance with statistics from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Preserve watch over, as of Sunday, there are 27 circumstances of the virus in Nigeria, with four in Abuja, 19 in Lagos, two in Ogun and one in Ekiti and Oyo States.
The PUNCH experiences that the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Deeper Christian Lifestyles Ministry, Daystar Christian Centre, Mountain of Fires and Miracles Ministries, amongst a pair of reasonably a pair of megachurches complied with the no longer-extra-than-50-congregants per time rule of the FCT Administration and a bunch of convey governments all the plot thru the country, with hundreds of these church buildings conducting on-line providers.
On the opposite hand, the Presiding Bishop of the Residing Faith Church Worldwide, whose headquarters is positioned in Ota, Ogun Verbalize, David Oyedepo, held a ‘physical’ carrier on Sunday.
Indubitably one of our correspondents, who monitored the carrier thru the church’s YouTube channel, seen that hundreds of worshipers gathered within the church auditorium.
The congregation sang and prayed to God to live the plague of the coronavirus in Nigeria and reasonably a pair of international locations of the area.
Oyedepo led the congregation in prayers preceding his sermon titled “Winning the battle against coronavirus”.
He talked about, “In accordance with how we now procure got prayed, the siege is over. The an analogous manner Ebola went away, here is going away. The an analogous God that helped us that point is peaceable alive, he’ll aid us again.”
The church had in a memo dated March 20 and written by the First Vice President of the LFC, Bishop David Abioye, asked branches of the church all the plot thru the area to follow restriction orders of their locations.
On the opposite hand, our correspondent gathered that one other memo became once issued gradual on Saturday asking individuals to advance to church carrier.
The first memo read, “In look for of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic all the plot thru the globe which has necessitated the temporary shutdown of activities inner international locations of the area to curb its further spread, all stations are hereby urged that the Moms’ Day occasion earlier scheduled for Sunday, 22nd March is hereby postponed indefinitely.”
Nonetheless a 2nd memo, which became once additionally signed by Bishop Abioye, read, “Following fresh launch from the region of business of the CAN National President as per linked, our long-established Sunday carrier(s) shall attach the next day (Sunday) all the plot thru a bunch of states of the nation.
“To this carry out, every assembly would possibly well well peaceable defend foremost precaution.”
In a file sighted by and signed by CAN Same outdated Secretary, Joseph Daramola Bade, the Christian physique talked about “pastors would possibly well well peaceable allow individuals to adore and expend the occasion to originate awareness” on the virus whereas affirming instructed precautions by smartly being authorities.
Moreover, experiences that Dunamis Church International seen a physical carrier in its 100-000 seater skill Glory Dome auditorium alongside Airport Avenue in Abuja.
The church primarily based and overseen by Paul Enenche and his wife, Becky Enenche, tagged the carrier “Sensitisation Service” and launch yarn runt print for “On-line Choices”.
The PUNCH additionally experiences that the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Meeting, Abuja, Biodun Fatoyinbo, invited individuals of his church for a ‘physical’ adore carrier on Sunday, March 22.
Nonetheless our correspondent learnt that Fatoyinbo, who came under scathing criticisms from social media users, did no longer broadcast the carrier on-line.