The Lagos state government has cancelled the Independence day parade that was slated to hold on the 1st of October, in celebration of Nigeria at 60.

The governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu opted for a lowkey celebration due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and directed that the parade and other activities involving the gathering of more than 50 people should be cancelled.

Sanwo-Olu in a statement released by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr Gbenga Omotoso enjoined Lagosians to keep embracing social distancing and washing of hands with soap and water.

The statement reads,

“The Lagos State Government opted for a low key celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary due to the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still with us.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu 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”.


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