Sam Adeyemi, the Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, has said churches must remain shut to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking on an Instagram live BBC Yoruba News interview, he said it is important for people to understand the shutting of worship places across the country.
He cited the example of a church in South Korea where a woman had travelled to China and returned to her home country and church, infecting so many others as she kept moving around.
Within weeks, about 80 per cent of those in the country that had it were from the church.
“The leader of the church came on public TV to apologise.
“Try to imagine the number of those who attend Daystar.
“If someone who has it comes, and does not know, a lot of damage will be done.
“As government said, let us be patient.
“Some have argued that we should observe the social distancing directive within the church.
“Small churches can do it.
“If it does, the church will perhaps take only one-fifth based on the sitting arrangement.
“So how many services will we do?
“We are running five now.
“And most important for now: no medicine.
“Even the infection that has cure, is it a must we must go and get infected and then start curing it?
“So for now, it is better to run,” he said.