Lagos State cancels parade for celebration of independence day

Lagos State has cancelled the parade for independence day celebration
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Ernest Sunday

The Lagos State Government has decided to cancel the planned parade for the celebration of the Nigerian 60th anniversary, which is on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso revealed this on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, while reading out a letter from the Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Gbenga also noted that any other activities that involve a gathering of more than 50 people on the independence day's celebration were equally cancelled.

According to Gbenga, the governor said that the reason for the cancellation was because of the COVID-19 pandemic; to keep everyone safe.

The governor also advised Lagos citizens to make sure they stay at home and celebrate the independence day to avoid contracting the virus.

The letter read in part, “The Lagos State Government opted for a low key celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary due to the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still with us.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu directed that the planned parade and other activities that involve the gathering of more than 50 people should be cancelled.

“He congratulates Lagosians on this auspicious occasion and strongly advises that they should celebrate quietly at home and pray for the country.

"They should also observe the COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“The Governor urges Lagosians not to relax their vigilance against COVID-19 so as not to reverse the gains that the state has made in fighting the disease.

"They are to keep embracing physical distancing and washing of hands with soap and water.

"Anybody who feels unwell should stay indoors and contact health authorities.

“The police and other security agencies have been directed to ensure that nobody flouts these directives in the interest of all of us, especially now that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is warning that a second wave of the deadly disease could occur.”

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