Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, has debunked reports that the state has lifted the lockdown order declared on the state to curb the novel Coronavirus.
Speculations had been rife Thursday on social media that the state government had relaxed the restriction order in order to allow Christians to participate in Easter celebrations and Muslims observe Ju’mat prayers.
But in a series of posts on Twitter on Friday, Governor Sanwo-Olu described the rumours as “fake news” and urged people to remain at home in compliance with the directive of the Federal Government.
“The true meaning of Good Friday and Easter is the power of sacrifice. This weekend, the sacrifice of staying at home and social distancing is required to stop the spread of COVID19.
“Avoid fake news, the lockdown hasn’t been lifted. Think longterm, StayAtHomeAndStaySafe,” he tweeted.
The governor urged Christians in the state who would want to participate in the Easter services to utilise technology and worship from their homes.
He also asked Lagosians to pray for all health workers.
“The Federal Government has announced a public holiday, do spend time with your loved ones AT HOME. We are thankful for technology; I will be worshipping virtually with my family on Easter Sunday.
“Kindly say a prayer for all our health workers,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.
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Also, Gbenga Omotosho, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, had at an inter-ministerial press briefing on Thursday, stated that the lockdown could be relaxed only by the Federal Government which declared it.
“If it is going to be extended or relaxed, it is the business of the Federal Government. The announcement is not going to be made by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu because he did not impose it in the first place,” the commissioner explained.
Lagos State has recorded 158 cases, the highest number of confirmed cases in Nigeria.
Out of the 158 cases, three fatalities have been recorded in the state while 39 patients have been discharged.