By Abiola Rufai
ILARO-YEWA – Citizens of Ogun state have been advised to adhere strictly to the rules and guidelines put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus as stipulated by the government as churches reopened for service today – Sunday, August 16, 2020, across the state.
The Anglican Bishop of Yewa Diocese, Rt. Rev. Michael Adebayo Oluwarohunbi gave the advise during a church service today at the All Saint Anglican Church, situated along Leslie Road, Ilaro, headquarters of Ogun West.
Bishop Oluwarohunbi who stated that the virus was real and all measures put in place by the government to stop the spread of the pandemic were necessary and must be obeyed by all, pointed out that people should not allow the virus to take them away from God, because He has solution to all human challenges and problems, including coronavirus pandemic.
According to him,”We thank the Lord for this opportunity that we have to come together again for corporate worship after five months of closure. We can see that God himself from the very beginning had been taking care and in charge and today He has done it for us again.
“We see that all the measures put in place by the government are very necessary, because the pandemic itself is a reality; we cannot run away from that fact. The point we are just emphasizing is that, that shouldn’t take us away from God, because God is the solution. He has solution to all human challenges and problems, including coronavirus pandemic.”
Bishop Oluwarohunbi stated further, “What we encourage our members to continue to do, is to observer the protocols and you can see here, water, soap and sanitizers. Just as we do in the church here, we will also
encouraged our members to do same in their private businesses and in their homes to ensure that they wash their hands, use sanitizers any time and anywhere they find themselves, they should observe the social distance. It is very important we agree with government on these and we shall continue to encourage our members to continue to do so”.
He implored the congregation to continue to serve God in an acceptable way which according to him was to love one another, stating that it’s the commandment of God and the only way that God would be happy with us.
“We should show love to one another, show love to the needy, to those who are sick, and extend whatever we have to them. Show right attitude, right behavior to people around us, not only to our church members, but anywhere we find ourselves,” Oluwarohunbi posited.
In the same vein, the Shepherd in charge, Celestial Church of Christ, Christ Embassy Parish, Ilaro Parish One, Area C Headquarters, Superior
(Evangelist) David Omotayo Afolabi, thanked the state government for the reopening of worship centres with promised that members of his parish would totally adhere to all guidelines put in place to curb the spread of COVID’19.
Evangelist Afolabi who said that the virus was real and is a global issue which everybody must take very serious, advised that people of the state should cooperate with the government and stay away from any act that could warrant the lockdown of the state again.