By George Odok
Governor Ben Ayade has suspended the annual Calabar Carnival in 2021 as a result of insecurity and the outbreak of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
Mr Linus Obogo, deputy chief press secretary of the Ayade authorities, made this identified in Calabar on Monday in an interview with the Nigeria Information Company (NAN).
In keeping with Obogo, the choice to droop the annual competition was taken unanimously throughout a gathering with the governor, members of the state governing council and carnival stakeholders.
“The assembly was meant to disclose the theme of this yr’s Carnival, however primarily based on the emergence of the brand new variant known as omicron and recommendation from well being consultants that it kills sooner than one other variant, it was unanimously agreed that the Carnival could be suspended after the governor put it for consideration.
“The Carnival band leaders and different stakeholders agreed that the Carnival is being suspended for public well being and security causes.
“There’s additionally a safety report rising indicating that the occasion might be taken over by some mobsters.
“To stop all this from taking place, it was suggested to droop the carnival in order that individuals are not caught off guard,” Obogo mentioned.