The Lagos State Government has decided to cancel the traditional public parades usually held to celebrate Nigeria's Independence Day on October 1st. Instead, the government has called upon residents to engage in prayers for the nation's progress.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, made this announcement in a statement issued on Sunday.
The statement reads, “There will be no elaborate celebration of the 63rd Independence Anniversary in Lagos. This is in line with the economic challenges of the times.
“The usual parades and other elements of the celebration are being shelved. “Prayers have been held in mosques and churches to mark the Anniversary.
“The Governor enjoins Lagosians to celebrate modestly, even as they continue to pray for the peace and progress of Nigeria and our dear state.”