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

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A statement by Kehinde Bamigbetan, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, on Tuesday said the declaration was to enable residents to come out en masse to welcome Mr. Buhari to the state.

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.

As Christians in Nigeria prepare to celebrate Easter, President Muhammadu Buhari has called on them to counter hate speech, corruption, and terrorism by showing love and working for peace and social justice.

President Buhari during the visit is expected to commission the new Ikeja Bus Terminal, attend a colloquium in honour of the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and also embark on a tour of the Eko Atlantic City, among others.

The six governors of the South-West region, under the auspices of the Western Nigerian Governors Forum, on Wednesday formally admitted Lagos State into the Odu'a Investment Company Limited.

The State Government has also declared a work-free day for workers in the state this, however, excludes workers in the private sector.

Areas to be affected by the traffic diversion include Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, Agege Motor Road, a section of Eko Hotel Road in Victoria Island and Old Marina in Ikoyi axis.

"We have done the necessary threat assessments; we have reached out to all stakeholders in areas that we believe we should reach out to them to ensure their full cooperation".

Mr Edgal appealed to residents to cooperate with security agencies during the period of the visit. "I had to use alternative routes because the main road has been blocked", Ahmed Busari, a port clearing agent, told AFP.

"We informed them we could accommodate them in the next flights from tomorrow for free", Ezenwa said.

The president rarely travels outside of Abuja, home to the government seat, and has visited only a few of Nigeria's 36 states over the past three years.

The NBA chairman had earlier at a press conference announced the decision of the association to continue its protest against the Land Use Charge of the state government today.

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