The Lagos State Government has cancelled the Independence Day parade which was announced few days ago and had opted for a low key celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary due to the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had directed that the planned parade and other activities involving the gathering of more than 50 people should be cancelled.
He congratulated Lagosians on the auspicious occasion and strongly advised that they should celebrate quietly at home and pray for the country and 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 in order not to reverse the gains that the State had already made in fighting the disease.
He said the police and other security agencies have been directed to ensure that nobody flouts these directives particularly now that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC is warning that a second wave of the deadly disease could occur.