Nigeria: Some States Celebrates Independence With Low-Key Activities

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By:Babagana Bukar Wakil, Habiba Ahmed,

Many state governments and the Federal Capital Territory Administration have either cancelled planned ceremonies or are organising low-key activities.

This is unlike in 2010 when Nigeria turned 50, The drums were rolled out in pomp and ceremony.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari has this morning inspected a military parade at the Eagles Square in Abuja after a 7.00am broadcast.

Prayers were offered on Friday at the National Mosque in Abuja and in state capitals. This was followed by a church service at the National Ecumenical Centre on Sunday and in the states.

Anambra, Osun and Lagos states cancelled Independence Day ceremonies in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

Kaduna, Edo, Oyo and Ogun states said there will be low-key events to mark the day.

In Katsina, there were no sign of any preparation for October 1 ceremonies.

Officials did not respond to enquiries. The situation was the same in Kwara, Plateau, Borno, and other states.

The government urged residents to observe the COVID-19 protocols, adding that anybody who feels unwell should stay indoors and contact the health authorities.

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