Benue State Government on Saturday made a U-turn on its decision to reopen worship centres, markets, and other public places, The PUNCH reports.
Governor Samuel Ortom had on Thursday lifted the ban on churches and mosques and directed that they should reopen for staggered worship while also ordering that markets be fully reopened.
However, while briefing journalists at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, Ortom re-directed the closure of worship centers adducing his new directive to the advice of the Federal Government and that of religious bodies against the reopening of worship centres and other public places.
“We are a component part of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and we appreciate the fact that the Federal Government is the custodian of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, and they are informed about what is going on, and so we must subject ourselves to their decision in accordance with laws of the land.
“We do not want to endanger the lives of our people. In the event of any challenge concerning this pandemic, the next port of call will be the Federal Government, so we cannot kick against its advice. We feel that the advice is genuine. If we took a decision and we have this kind of advice that is genuine and meant to support the health of our people, we have no reason whatsoever to go ahead with the decision we earlier took.
“Therefore, on behalf of the State Executive Council, I hereby reverse the lifting of ban on churches and mosques services and prayers.
“We have reverted to the status quo where churches, mosques, and other public places like markets were closed,” he said.