Sanwo-Olu cautions Lagosians over imminent COVID-19 third wave

Sanwo-Olu cautions Lagosians over imminent COVID-19 third wave

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has warned the citizens of an imminent third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sanwo-Olu gave this warning on Sunday, July 11, via a statement personally signed by him.

The Governor also reeled out statistics of the increasing number of cases in the state and the need to buckle up, especially as the Islamic religious festival of Eid-l-Adha nears.

The governor said the number of confirmed cases, which had earlier reduced to one per cent average as of the end of June, has suddenly increased to a 6.6 per cent rate as of Thursday, July 8.

Sanwo-Olu, however, did not say whether the new Delta variant, which has been described as the most transmissible, has been found in Lagos or not.

Sanwo-Olu noted that how Lagos handles the situation would tell on the fate of Nigeria and Nigerians as a whole.

He, therefore, urged full compliance with all the protocols imposed in the country and threatened to prosecute anyone found to have willfully flouted the protocols, and particularly the travellers.

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Meanwhile, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has cautioned the Southern Governors over the possibility of losing the 2023 Presidency; due to their insistence on enacting the anti-grazing bill.

This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday, July 10, by the National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah, Saleh Alhassan, who warned that Southern governors may not get the presidency if they opt to blackmail the North.

1st News had reported that the Southern governors on Monday called for a rotational presidency; stressing that their region should produce Nigeria’s next president.

During their meeting held in Lagos, the governors also agreed to ban open grazing across the region.

However, in his reaction, Alhassan accused the governors of playing politics with their resolutions.

He said the Southern governors were “hungry for power in 2023”.

The Miyetti Allah National Secretary said herders are not concerned about where the presidency is zoned to in 2023.

He said: “For herders, it doesn’t matter where the president comes from; but if they want the power to move to the South, should it be through blackmail? It should be by negotiation, campaign, and strategy; as well as political understanding. And mind you, this thing is based on numerical strength.

“If Southern governors want to blackmail the North, they may not get the presidency. They are only hungry for power with the direction they are going,” he noted.

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