A ranking State lawmaker in Nigeria and the Representative of the Ikorodu Constituency I at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade has thrown his weight behind the decision of the Lagos State Government to reopen worship places in the State.
He gave this backing while speaking with THE IMPACT at the Ayangbure palace on Sunday, August 2, 2020.
Hon. Agunbiade, who is the Majority Leader of the Lagos Assembly, said that he is confident that the executive arm has taken a critical look at the situation and considered it appropriate to reopen the Churches and Mosques in the state after about five months of closure.
He stated that Governor Babajide Sanwo – Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, have always been critical about the management of the pandemic and also ensure constant evaluation of the situation.
“As far as I know, the government of Lagos State, led by Mr Babajide Sanwo – Olu and Dr Obafemi Hamzat, has always been critical about the status of the state”, he said.
“To have held religious centres closed all these while is as a result of their conviction that we need to put the prevalence of the COVID 19 under control.
“There has been constant evaluation of the trend through meeting with stakeholders, observing the protocols and taken adequate advice from those who are really concerned in managing COVID 19”, the ranking lawmaker said.
“So, if the government feels that it is necessary to reopen religious centres, I am sure that they have taken critical assessment of the situation and they are convinced that it is also good for us to reopen those places”.
Hon. Agunbiade, however, appealed to the people to continue to observe necessary measures and adhere strictly with COVID – 19 protocols, stating that residents also need the grace of God to survive the challenges, which according to him, is necessary for the reopening of religious places for people to seek divine intervention.
“I keep telling people to wash their hands and obey all the protocols, but you still need the grace of God to stay safe. So, we cannot continue closing our eyes to religious activities and prayers.
“If the government has decided to reopen religious centres, it is as a result of conviction that it is safe for us to do so. No government will do something without considering the safety of its people.
“I am sure that a good decision has been taken based on the evaluation of the prevailing circumstance”, he assured residents of the State.