The Lagos State Government has warned religious leaders in the state against a second wave of the COVID – 19 pandemic , urging them to intensify safety protocols to avert the spread of the virus.
The state Commissioner for Home Affairs , Anofiu Elegushi , spoke on Monday in Lagos at the 2020 International Day for Tolerance .
While appealing to operators of worship centres to comply with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control , Elegushi said the state government might be forced to sanction any religious house that failed to comply with regulations .
The commissioner stressed that this was no time to play with the safety of worshipers and residents .
“At this juncture , let me admonish our beloved people not to relent in supporting and understanding the efforts of the Lagos State Government . We should not let down our guards ; it is not yet Uhuru . The battle against this dreaded virus is not over. All guidelines and safety protocols of mitigating COVlD -19 should still be stringently adhered to .
“We are all aware that some countries, including the United States of America , the United Kingdom and France , are currently experiencing the second wave of the virus. We cannot afford to allow this to happen. I beseech us to continue to use our face masks , wash our hands frequently and maintain social distance in public places , while also using alcohol -based hand sanitisers from time to time to combat the transmission , ” he added .