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Lagos declares tomorrow work-free day as Buhari visits

Lagosians Blast Ambode Over Public Holiday Declared for Buhari's Visit

The Lagos State Government yesterday declared tomorrow a work-free day to allow effective reception for President Muhammadu Buhari who is expected to begin a two-day visit.

The commissioner expressed deep regret for any inconveniences, saying the listed roads to be closed to traffic would be reopened immediately after the president's motorcade passes. "We have also made adequate arrangements to mitigate the impact of the closures on residents".

Imohimi Edgal, Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, announced the temporal closure of routes including Ikeja, Agege, Maryland, Ikoyi and Victoria Island, these affect areas around the environs from Iyana-ipaja, Egbeda, Ikotun, Airport Road, Yaba and a host of other places.

Edgal appealed to residents to cooperate with security agencies during the period of the visit.

"We have done threat assessment and engaged all stakeholders such as the National Union of Road Transport Workers and commercial bike riders. I had to use alternative routes because the main road has been blocked", Ahmed Busari, a port clearing agent, told AFP. Should that order be disobeyed, we would be constrained to ensure that you are arrested with your motorcycles impounded.

Also present at the wedding were the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Governors of Nasarawa and Bauchi States, Alhaji Tanko Almakura and Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, respectively. It has the capacity to take well over 2,800 trucks and tankers at the same time.

But reactions have trailed this announcement by the state government with some residents castigating Mr Ambode for declaring a public holiday to welcome the President. "The whole city is shut down for the entire day".

The party said having abandoned the state since his emergence in 2015, the president is using the visit as an avenue to reconcile with Bola Tinubu, a former governor of the state.

"Those who would also love to welcome their President would be confused on whether to fulfil their religious obligations or go out to welcome the President. Lagos is (an emoji showing a face with medical mask)", one of the commenters said.

For Thursday's visit, many businesses including banks, shops and markets were shut.

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