Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, president of LoveWorld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy, has expressed his unhappiness to the federal government over the guidelines for reopening of worship centres.
Reacting to one of the conditions issued out to religious centers by the presidential task force on COVID-19 which had limited the duration of services in churches and mosques to one hour at a time.
This directive was made known by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation and head of the task force, which he had explained that the decision was taken for safety purposes.
But in an online broadcast to members of his church, Oyakhilome expressed disgust at the directive, saying the government had no such right.
Pastor Chris further stated that the government’s time is short because they don’t have the “right to tell God’s people you’re going to spend one or two hours in the church.”
He said the number of hours they were imposing on churches was what they had left in the world.
Pastor Chris statements below:
“I am appalled that some people have the audacity to tell us how many hours we can spend in church. How dare you?” he asked.
“What in the world do you think you are? You cannot tell God’s people how long they can spend in church. If you built the building for them and you are saying you are not going to let them enter the building, maybe because you built it.
“But if you didn’t, you have no right to tell God’s people you’re going to spend one hour or two hours in church. I tell you, the number of hours you tell them they have in the church is the number of hours you have left.”
Recall that in May, Oyakhilome had kicked against closing of churches over the pandemic, saying they ought to be opened for healing and not the other way around.