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Monarch urges support for government’s action, cancels festival

Monarch urges support for government’s action, cancels festival

As the coronavirus fears spread with governments across the globe taking far-reaching decisions and actions aimed at checking the spread, a Lagos monarch has also taken action in the interest of his subjects.

The monarch, Ishola Animashaun, the Paramount Ruler of Epeland, has cancelled the annual Ebi Festival, which is one of the notable cultural festivals in the community already scheduled to commence on Sunday, March 22.

Oba Animashaun, at a media briefing in his Epe Palace on Sunday, explained that the decision to cancel the annual festival became imperative owing to the state government’s decision to ban social gathering in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

“In view of the measures put in place by the Lagos State government to curtail the spread of the disease, especially the need to avoid social engagements of any type, the Oba-in-Council thought it necessary to cancel the festival and support the government in its efforts to save people’s lives,” he said.

The monarch therefore urged all residents of Epe in particular and Lagos State in general to keep to the measures put in place by the government.

“I also enjoin residents to postpone all social engagements that would create room for more than 20 people at a time, as government’s position suggests. Anybody that violates this decision may find him or herself to blame,” the monarch cautioned.