Most prominent churches in Nigeria such as The Redeem Christian Church of God, Living Faith Church and The Redeemed Evangelical Mission will be commencing online church services and television station broadcast in conformity with the directives of the Federal government of Nigeria restricting all associations, which includes religious gatherings to restrain the spread of the coronavirus. Big churches in Nigeria have been broadcasting their services online via radio and television station. It appears that this chosen medium will be substituting physical gathering.
One of the most influential and famous pastors in Nigeria, Bishop David Oyedepo who is the key founder and presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide declared the deferment of the church’s services all over Nigeria and other parts of the globe. He went further to state that church members will be allowed to voluntarily participate via church YouTube channel, radio and other social media platforms.
The postponement was announced by the Vice President (Bishop David Abioye) of the church on 20th March 2020. The official memorandum goes thus; “Given the spread of COVID-19 pandemic across the globe which has necessitated the temporary shutdown of activities within nations of the world to curb its further spread, all stations are hereby informed that the Mothers’ Day celebration earlier scheduled for Sunday, 22nd March is hereby postponed indefinitely.”
Shortly after the announcement of Living Faith Church service postponement, the decision-makers of The Redeem Christian Church of God also stated that church services will be held online. Likewise, the presiding pastor of the Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, also decided to follow suit given the pandemic crisis globally and in compliance with the Lagos state government directives.