Sanwo-Olu: Why I can’t order fresh COVID-19 lockdown in Lagos


For the sake of preserving theveconomy of the state from further ravages on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday said he was constrained to impose a fresh lockdown.

The state has entered second wave of the pandemic just when the economy is trying to recover from the twin tragedy of the pandemic and #EndSARS protests in which the state lost over a trillion naira in property damage.

In the first lockdiwn, the state was demobilised for over five weeks between March and May this year.

It was part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The governor, in a statement on Saturday, called on Lagosians to observe all prescribed protocols by health authorities including the use of face masks, social distancing and regular handwashing.

According to Sanwo-Olu: “Yesterday, we issued guidelines to help us in the next phase of our battle with the virus.

“Lagosians have relaxed and the effects are evident with increasing cases and unfortunate deaths.

“These guidelines will affect us all but we need to be strong and we need to persevere.

“We cannot afford another total lockdown so I enjoin us to keep observing the prescribed protocols and the required lifestyle adjustments that will help us enter 2021 stronger, healthier, and safer.”

The governor, who is in isolation after he contracted COVID-19, also appreciated the prayers and support of all Lagosians and Nigerians.

“I am overwhelmed by your show of love and concern about my health and wellbeing. I must admit that the gesture touched me deeply and reaffirmed our connection to one another as humans.

“I acknowledge and thank you very sincerely and pray that none of us will lose our lives to COVID-19, and in any other preventable circumstance.

“To families that have lost loved ones to the virus, I pray that God grants you the fortitude to bear the loss,” he stated.

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