- Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has cancelled the proposed Lagos Walk for Peace planned to hold in December
- The governor explained that the move became important due to the significant rise in the cases of COVID-19
- Sanwo-Olu had in November announced the peace walk in his bid to calm all agitations arising from the release of state's EndSARS panel's reports
Lagos, Nigeria - Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos, has "stood down" preparations for the Lagos Walk for Peace initially scheduled to hold in December 2021.
The Lagos governor had in an address in November 30 announced the peace walk and invited some notable participants in the October 2020 EndSARS protest as he sought to "heal" Lagos.
However, in a press statement on the state government's official website sighted by Legit.ng on Thursday, December 9, Governor Sanwo-Olu said he is “constrained to stand down all preparations for the Walk for Peace” so as not to “endanger the life of any Lagosian” amid the outbreak of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
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“Between Tuesday 30, November 2021 that I made my address and now, we have seen a significant rise in cases associated with the Omicron variant of this pandemic.
“Given this development, I am constrained to stand down all preparations for the Walk for Peace. I will not endanger the life of any Lagosian in my sincere search for peace. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support the initiative received from far and near. The deluge of support is, however, indicative of one thing: our people know the strategic place of peace to our quest for development.”
Divine Chibuike said:
"Well-done Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for listening to science above political interests and your desire to set things right.
"Someday, the whole truth shall emerge unrestrained, and perhaps history judges you fairly."
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Adeniyi Philip Ayoola said:
"Na style old man dey take run away from cow. The walk for peace was dead on arrival.
"You get sense Mr. Governor. Your sense no go fail you. COVID-19 to the rescue. "
Kingsley Keinde Adebisi said:
"Thanks for the kind consideration. Wish you well always and Lagos state as a whole."
Ikechi Amadi said:
"Just tell us the planned peace walk has been cancelled, we understand all we need is justice."
EndSARS: LASU students vow to join Sanwo-Olu’s proposed peace walk
Meanwhile, before the cancellation, students of the Lagos State University (LASU) had said they would embark on the peace walk by Governor Sanwo-Olu.
Comrade Oladipupo Uthman Badmus, president of the LASU student union government, said this when the governor visited the school on Thursday, December 2.
Sanwo-Olu who inaugurated a new students’ arcade at the school was welcomed by the SUG President, Speaker of the Students Union Representatives, Rt. Hon. Mustapha Adejuwon, and hundreds of students.