60th anniversary: Lagos cancels independence day parade, gives reasons

60th anniversary: Lagos cancels independence day parade, gives reasons

- Lagos state government has cancelled independence day parade

- Nigeria will be celebrating its 60th independence anniversary day on Thursday, October 1

- Governor Sanwo-Olu said the parade was cancelled to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols

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Following the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerians, especially the residents of the state, the Lagos government has opted for a low key celebration of the 60th Independence anniversary

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

Legit.ng gathered that in a communique by the commissioner for information, and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, the governor congratulates Lagosians on “this auspicious occasion and strongly advises that they should celebrate quietly at home and pray for the country.

60th anniversary: Lagos cancels independence day parade, gives reasons
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state. Credit: Twitter/Gboyega Akosile.
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He said:

“They should also observe the COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks to protect themselves and their loved ones.
“They are to keep embracing social distancing and washing of hands with soap and water. Anybody who feels unwell should stay indoors and contact health authorities."

The governor also urged 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.

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

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun, urged Nigerians not to despair, saying that a greater Nigeria is possible in the foreseeable future.

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Abiodun said no matter the prevailing circumstances, the country has proven to be an enigma, defying all predictions by pundits that it would not survive.

The governor expressed this optimism at a special church service to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day celebration held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peters, Ake, Abeokuta, on Sunday, September 27.

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