Edo State Government says the swearing-in ceremony of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, for their second term as well as the 2020 Alaghodaro summit, scheduled for November 12, will hold without the usual fanfare.
Recall that Obaseki secured a second term in the September 19, 2020, governorship election in the state.
In a statement on Wednesday, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said the decision to hold a low-key inauguration was in respect of “the prevailing mood the country”.
Osagie noted that there was no reason for jubilation due to the COVID-19 outbreak and unrest that trailed the #EndSARS protests.
“Activities slated for the inauguration ceremony of Governor Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu, for a second term in office, scheduled for November 12, 2020, would be without fanfare in respect of the prevailing mood of the country,” the statement said.
“The shocks from the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; the fallout of the #EndSARS protests, which was hijacked by hoodlums, leading to the loss of lives of private individuals and security personnel; destruction of property worth millions and the early signs of a second-wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, are enough reasons not to go on jubilating when there is so much uncertainty ahead.
“Hence, we have lined up activities that would be conducted in a manner that reflect the country’s sombre mood for the five-day period.”