COME AND CARRY Your Dead Bodies For Burial – Sanwo-Olu Urges Lagosians
The Lagos State government has given a 2-weeks ultimatum to families who have dead bodies in Lagos mortuaries to come pick them for burial or else risk them for mass burial.
The Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave this order on Saturday, while briefing Newsmen at the State House on update of the management of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The Governor said that his reason for this order is because the state mortuaries are filled and congested with dead bodies which ought to have been buried before but has not because of the lockdown.
“Still on this matter of essential movement, I would like to speak concerning funerals.
“One of the outcomes of this lockdown is that many families and households have had to postpone funeral plans for loved ones who have passed away before or during this period.
“As you might know, many Christian denominations do not carry out funerals during the Lenten Season.
“Funerals are typically kept on hold during this period and scheduled for the period immediately following the end of Lent.
”Unfortunately, this year, the COVID-19 lockdown coincided with the end of Lent, which caused many families and households to further suspend or put off funeral plan.”
He also made it clear that this dead bodies are not infected with COVID-19.
“Let me make it clear at this point that these are not COVID-19 deaths, he said.
Sanwo-Olu appealed to all Lagosians who own this dead bodies in the mortuaries to go ahead and schedule funeral dates, but should apply all restrictions stated by the government.
“You can hold or attend funeral ceremonies in Lagos State as long as you comply with the requirements that we have outlined.
“The total number of persons at the funeral, including officiating religious leaders, must not exceed 20.
“Physical distancing must be maintained at the funeral ceremony; all attendees/mourners must use masks and ensure they wash their hands after the ceremony.
“There must be no receptions or parties to accompany these funerals; rest assured that as long as these directives are fully complied with, funerals will be allowed and encouraged to take place.
“If we are unable to see a decongestion of the mortuaries across the state in the next two weeks, the Lagos State Government will be compelled to carry out mass burials to achieve this.
“We do not want to be forced to do this, which is why we are asking for your cooperation in this regard,” he said