Lagos State government has reassured intending Christian pilgrims that the year 2020 pilgrimage exercise will proceed as the curve of the Coronavirus pandemic is flattened and the borders are reopened.
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi, made this disclosure while speaking during a stakeholders’ forum on Thursday at the Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa, in Ikeja, Lagos.
He noted that the pandemic has greatly affected the 2020 pilgrimage exercise, especially the April/May Easter pilgrimage which had to be cancelled due to the temporary closure of the borders of Israel and Rome.
Elegushi allayed the fears of intending pilgrims that the 2020 general pilgrimage exercise will not hold, stating that the Ministry has been in touch with the Ministry of Interior in the holy lands with an assurance that the borders will be open as soon as the pandemic flattens
He assured those that have paid for the pilgrimage not to worry as their funds are safe and secure with the government, noting that as a responsible government, pilgrims would not be denied their legitimate right to seek a refund
The Commissioner also seized the opportunity of the forum to seek the cooperation and understanding of religious leaders on the State Government’s directive that worship centres should remain closed, adding that the order is for the greater good of the general public.
Elegushi debunked the insinuation in some quarters that Coronavirus is not real, stating that people should discard the erroneous belief and adhere to stipulated safety measures put in place by the Government so that the virus can be contained.