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Sanwo-Olu suspends planned peace walk

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu flanked by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, (L) and  the Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso during the briefing on the white paper on EndSars protest on the 30th of November, 2021

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has suspended the proposed walk for peace rally due to the Omicron variant pandemic in Nigeria.

Governor Sanwo-Olu had on 30th November announced that he would be leading a walk this December to herald the healing of the wounds from the violence which trailed the EndSars/Lekki Toll Gate protests in the State.

He announced the suspension in a statement on Thursday which partly reads:

When the unseen enemy called Covid-19 began to ravage the world and indeed our nation, I assumed the role of the Incident Commander in our quest to protect the lives of our people. We subjected ourselves to the dictates of science. We chose to be guided not by our emotions, but expert opinions rooted in science. Between Tuesday 30, November 2021 that I made my address and now, we have seen a significant rise in cases associated with the Omicron variant of this pandemic.

Given this development, I am constrained to stand down all preparations for the Walk for Peace. I will not endanger the life of any Lagosian in my sincere search for peace. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support the initiative received from far and near. The deluge of support is, however, indicative of one thing: our people know the strategic place of peace to our quest for development.

Writing by Tina Oyinsan