Members of Holy Apostles church in Ilaje local government area of Ondo state have gathered together to protest the closure of their church.
NAIJ.com gathered that the church was closed down by an order from the Ondo state police command in January 2016, following a leadership crisis in the community.
The church members on Sunday, March 26, came out in numbers to protest against the continued closure of their church.
They called on the government to come to their aid, stating that the church was the onlyplace of worship available to the members of the community.
According to The Punch, members of the community have been unable to worship due to the closure.
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During the protest, the members who wore their white garment, carried placards with different inscriptions such as, ‘Freedom of worship is our right here’ ‘All we are saying, we need a place of among others.’
A leader of the church, Lawrence Lemamu, lamented that the government and police authority were depriving them of their fundamental human right to worship in the land of their fathers.
He said: “Serving God in worship is key and central to the establishment of this community by our forefathers. Ayetoro is all about worshiping God.”
Another leader of the church, Bishop Eretan, said the church was placed under lock because the problem in the community aggravated from the church, noting that it was part of the measure employed to calm the aggrieved parties before government wades in to settle the crisis.
The leader explained that the closure was recommended as a temporary solution to the problem to avert similar crisis which first erupted in 1986, when a life was lost in the civil unrest.
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He said: “Religious crisis is very dangerous. If we are not careful many lives may be lost. The same mechanism used then we have applied.”
Should people be deprived of worship in other to keep the community safe?
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