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Independence Day Nigeria 2020: Lagos, Osun Halt Parade Over COVID-19 Pandemic

In view of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, Lagos State and Osun State Government, have cancelled the yearly public parade and other activities to mark Nigeria’s 60 Independence Day Anniversary on October 1, 2020.

The Lagos State Government led by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced the cancellation in a statement on Wednesday, by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso.

“Lagos State Government has 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 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.

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They should also observe the COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

In the same vein, the Osun State Government led by Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola through the state’s Commissioner for Home Affairs, Hon Tajudeen Lawal said; “Although it is a landmark celebration of our great country, the State Government is urging citizens to take responsibility for their safety by maintaining social distancing, wearing their face masks in public places, washing their hands regularly and generally adhering to other safety standards set by the government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

The Governor and government of the State of Osun congratulate its citizens on this special occasion and wishes everyone a splendid celebration”,

However, HSENations earlier reported that the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned against another COVID-19 explosion in the country, following deliberate refusal by some states to carry out adequate testing… read more

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