'Allow Us Observe Cross-over Nights' – Ogun Christians Beg Gov Abiodun
Bishop Tunde, in an open letter to Abiodun, said he had received so much calls from church leaders, begging for the observance of cross-over nights on December 31, 2020.
The Ogun State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has pleaded to Governor Dapo Abiodun to allow churches to observe the usual December 31 cross-over vigil into the new year.
Governor Abiodun had last week banned cross-over night services in churches so as to curtail the spread of the second wave of the deadly COVID-19.
The governor also banned all forms of carnival or large gathering that could raise the Coronavirus curve.
The Ogun CAN Chairman, Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, in an open letter to Abiodun, revealed he had received so much calls from church leaders, begging for the observance of cross-over nights on December 31, 2020, according to This day.
Writing on behalf of the entire structure of CAN in Ogun State, Akin-Akinsanya craved the indulgence of Abiodun to allow for the observance of the cross-over vigil in churches in Ogun, as it is the case in Lagos State.
He wrote: ''To this end, I hereby write on behalf of the leadership and entire structure of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ogun State, to solicit for the indulgence of Your Excellency to allow for the observance of the Cross-Night among the churches in Ogun State, just as it is, in our neighbouring Lagos State.
CAN requested that churches be allowed to observe the cross-over night from 10:30 pm on December 31, 2020, till 12:15 am on January 1, 2021.
The religious body also pleaded for the relaxation of curfew so that worshippers will be allowed to move back home between 12:15 am and 1 am of January 1.
Akin-Akinsanya assured the governor that churches will observe all necessary coronavirus protocols and guidelines recommended by government.