[Just In] COVID-19: Lagos Cancels Parade at 60th Independence Day Celebration

File Photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Lagos State Government has announced that this year’s independence day celebration coming up on Thursday, would be held on a low key, devoid of the usual colourful parade.

The state’s commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso disclosed this on Wednesday in Lagos, sating that Governor Babajide Sanwo-OLu has cancelled parade for the 60th Independence Day celebration.

File Photo: Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a motorcade procession during Nigeria at 59 independence day parade in 2019.

According to Omotoso, the Lagos State Government opted for a low key celebration due to the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still with us.

“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.

“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”, the statement read.