By Deborah Mustapha
The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged the citizens of the state to ‘calm down’ and celebrate Sallah Festival as Covid-19 pandemic is still ravaging in the country.
“Fellow Lagosians, we need to ‘calm down’ and not get carried away by the excitement of the moments as we enjoy the coming holiday and festivity”, he wrote.
Governor Babajide Sanwolu posted recently on his Instagram page as Sallah Festival is two days far.
According to him, what triggered the statement ‘Lagosians calm down’ was the viral video he narrated he watch recently on social media of a young boy, who asked his mom to calm down as she was set to punish him.
“I was moved by his sobriety, which reflected in his promise of ‘last chance’, when confronted with the fact that he is a regular offender.
“The exchange was really funny”, he expressed.
In his statement, he said interestingly, the video inspired his Sallah special message to the good citizens of Lagos State because of the deeper meaning its conveyed.
“We need to be moderate in our celebration and also observe the prescribed protocols towards defeating the deadly coronavirus, which are maintaining social distancing, washing and sanitizing of our hands and using of our face mask.
“The world needs responsibility and commitment of its people to oust Coronavirus”, he added.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu further noted that the Sallah Festival is a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s heart of sacrifice and faith in Allah.
“We need to emulate and demonstrate the self-restraint at this time the world is combating with the scourge of COVID-19”, he submitted.
However, he further added that he would like to meet the young boy since there is exclusive rights to the phrasal verb “calm down”.