Founder of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) T.B. Joshua will not just open his church auditorium for service in spite of directive by the Lagos State Government to reopen worship from from August 7.
Worship centres were closed in Lagos and around the contry in March following efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
Joshua however declared he would reopen SCOAN physical services after hearing from God.
It relaxed the ban on June 2 but granted states discretion for local implemention of the order.
Lagos State, the epicentre of the virus in Nigeria with 15,355 of the country’s 44,433 confirmed cases, deferred the ban relaxation.
Speaking via SCOAN’s Emmanuel TV, the preacher commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s decision to reopen places of worship.
He assured his followers as soon as God speaks, he would let them know when physical services will resume.
“Good morning and win today! Following the announcement that church services will resume in Lagos on August 9th, 2020 – that is, this coming Sunday – I wish to commend the authorities for their efforts so far.
“However, having heard from the authorities, we are now waiting to hear from God.
“Please be assured that as soon as we hear from God, we will inform you when our services will resume. Emmanuel – God is with us,” he said.
Some preachers including Tunde Bakare have said worship centres should not open yet; while others like David Oyedepo and Chris Oyakhilome have criticised the governmnet for closing churches in the first place.