Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has reacted to the decision of the Lagos State Government to delay reopening of schools, churches and mosques.
MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, in a statement released on Thursday, gave Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu a thumbs up on his decision to suspend the reopening of churches and mosques few days back.
The group emphasized that the number of COVID-19 cases were unfavourable for opening religious places stating that the state government took the right step.
The statement reads in part;
“We fully endorse the decision of the Lagos State to suspend the opening of Churches and Mosques.
“As at June 17, Lagos confirmed 7,461 COVID-19 cases out of the total national figure of 17,148. This represents approximately 44 per cent.
“The state government has taken the right step by suspending the reopening of churches and mosques. “
He advised Lagos residents to exercise patience, adding that the number shows the state is the epicenter of the pandemic.
“We can worship God or Allah from the confines of our homes, but we can no longer worship once we are in the graves.
“It is when we are alive that God needs us to worship Him. Dead men do not and cannot worship.
“We must therefore be patient. We do not have to go far looking for God. God is everywhere, “ the statement added.
He further urged Nigerians to understand their religions and approach them with moderation.