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Nigeria At 60: Lagos Announces Cancellation Of Independence Day Parade

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday announced the cancellation of the annual Independence day parade in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic also known as COVID-19.

A statement by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said the 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.

Lagos which is the epic-centre of the virus in the country, as at 30th September has 19,384  confirmed cases according to the data by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 659 active cases, 15684 has recovered from the state with 207 deaths recorded. 

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu also 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.

The Governor urges 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 physical 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.

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