Why we shut Agege Central Mosque – LG chairman

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The Executive Chairman of Agege Local Government, Alhaji Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi (JP), was a guest on LTV8 Breakfast show, Owuro Lawa, on April 3, 2020; where he explained why the council shut Agege Central Mosque on the orders of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The mosque was shut on Thursday after hundreds of worshippers the previous day attacked the taskforce on compliance with the state government’s lockdown of places of worship among others.

The council boss also spoke on the efforts of the council in combating the pandemic.

Egunjobi said the council embarked on massive sensitisation of members of the community including market men/women, artisans, CDC leaders, religious and ethnic leaders on preventive measures to avoid the spread of the disease.

On compliance with the lockdown by the public, Egunjobi expressed mixed feelings.

On the one hand, he lavished praise on residents but lamented that a certain stratum was violating the orders.

On the circumstances that led to the closure of Hausa Community Central Mosque popularly referred to as ‘Moshalashi Alhaja’; Egunjobi noted that the lockdown was in the interest of the general public to prevent the spread of the dreadful disease.

He said if the Saudi Arabian Government could shut mosques and the government of Isreal also closed churches because of the same reason, there was no moral justification for any persons or group to violate the stipulated order for any religious purposes.

The council boss commended the staff of the Lagos State Government who were attacked at the said mosque for handling the situation with a high sense of maturity.

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Egunjobi said during his sensitisation tour, he met with all ethnic and religious leaders who pledged total support.

The Seriki Hausawa said he had warned his members to obey the stay-at-home order, and he was not aware there would be any gathering in the said mosque.

The council boss also clarified on the distribution method of the food stimulus from the Lagos State Government.

He said leaders of the CDC, markets, artisans, League of Imams, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), elected councillors including Area Community leaders in Agege LG were given the food packages to distribute to the people.

He said the same arrangement was made on the food stimulus from the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Egunjobi emphatically stated that the situation at hand now is far from any political attachment because the COVID-19 epidemic is a respecter of no one.