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Lagos Cancels Independence Day Parades

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The Lagos State Government has cancelled plans for an elaborate Nigeria diamond anniversary and opted for a low key celebration of the 60th Independence, the administration disclosed on Wednesday.

The state commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotosho in a statement said the decision was in line cautions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Omotosho said that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has in that wise “directed that the planned parade and other activities that involve the gathering of more than 50 people should be cancelled.”

The governor also congratulated Lagosians on the 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 urged 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 social distancing and washing of hands with soap and water. Anybody who feels unwell should stay indoors and contact health authorities,” the statement deposed.

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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