Reactions to crossover cancellation in Nigeria

When it comes to positivity and optimism, Nigerians are really awesome. Despite the turmoils and challenges 2020 has brought, many still looked forward to attending the crossover service. The Corona virus has been a plague to many nations, and Nigeria was not spared from its claws.

People praying in church

Nigerians have endured different setbacks throughout the year, most individuals experienced a collapse in their business. Many students have been out of school and many lost their jobs. The cancellation of the crossover night has therefore come as a shock, as many looked forward to it. Many saw it as an opportunity to bid 2020 and it’s pains goodbye. But due to the second wave of the COVID-19, a curfew has been made from 12:00am- 4:00am. This stipulated hours are usually when people are in their places of worship, praying and celebrating the new year.

Lagos state’s stipulations

The Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called for the suspension of night services, including the crossover night. Β According to him;

β€œAll over the world, Christmas period is associated with gathering, merriment and traveling, which all, sadly, contribute to the spread of the virus. We must now seek to minimize as much of these activities as we can, at this time. Let this Christmas be a period of sober reflection.Β 

“The quicker we are able to tame this raging virus, through responsible behaviour, the higher the likelihood that we will enjoy a 2021 that is not as restrictive and challenging as 2020. By acting responsibly, we are not doing only ourselves a favour, we are doing other people a favour as well, especially those among us who are elderly or medically vulnerable.”

In light of this, churches have fixed their service at an earlier time, so that the worshippers can beat the curfew. The Redeemed Christian Church of God has also cancelled its crossover service, and has asked members to view the service virtually.

Despite the setbacks, Nigerians are still hopeful that 2021 will bring better experiences.

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