COVID-19: Lagos opts for low-key Independence Day celebrations


The Lagos State Government has opted for a low-key celebration of Nigeria’s 60th Independence.

The decision was due to the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which, according to the state government, “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 congratulated Lagosians on the auspicious occasion and advised that they should celebrate quietly at home and pray for the country.

He urged them to also observe the COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks to protect themselves and their loved ones.

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

According to him, “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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