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Lagos Cancels Independence Day Parade

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Zainab Sanni

The Lagos State Government has opted for a low key celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary owing to the ravaging effects of COVID-19.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu directed that the planned parade and other activities that involve the gathering of more than 50 people should be cancelled.

He congratulated Lagosians and strongly advised that they should celebrate quietly at home and pray for the country. He also urged them to observe COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks to protect themselves and their loved ones.

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The Governor also warned 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.

“Keep embracing social 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,” he added.

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