Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has suspended the 2021 edition of the Calabar Carnival due to insecurity and the outbreak of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
The Deputy Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ayade, Linus Obogo, disclosed this on Monday in Calabar.
“Based on the emergence of the new variant called omicron and the advice by health experts that it kills faster than other variants, the Governor then puts it before the stakeholders and it was unanimously agreed that the carnival is suspended.
“The carnival band leaders and other stakeholders agreed that for public health and safety, the carnival is suspended. Also, there is an emerging security report which indicates that the event may be taken over by some hoodlums.
“To avoid all of these from happening, it was advised that the carnival be suspended so that people are not caught unawares."