Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has cancelled the proposed peace walk that was meant to herald the healing of the state after the October 2020 EndSARS protests.
The governor had beaconed on some celebrities, youths, civil society organisations and the media to join him in leading the peace walk.
While speaking at a briefing on Thursday, Sanwo-Olu explained that the peace walk was cancelled due to the rise in cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
“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,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu added that he is “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,” he added.