Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State celebrated the Easter celebration with patients and health workers at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Yaba and the Onikan Isolation Centre, Lagos Island.
In a live video streamed at the isolation facilities, the governor showed a gospel artiste, Abolaji Banjoko, popularly known Beejay Sax, playing songs for the staff and patients at the centers.
As the music played on, the health workers and volunteers excitedly trooped out of the isolation wards, dancing towards the gospel band positioned at a safe distance in the facilities.
Governor @jidesanwoolu joined health workers, volunteers & patients today in a LIVE video on Instagram as gospel artist @beejaysaxbolaji lifted the spirits of the medical personnel with songs of praise to celebrate the #Easter celebration with them. #Covid19Lagos pic.twitter.com/6GwLfwmvqd
— Gawat Jubril A. (@Mr_JAGss) April 12, 2020
Patients in the isolation facilities were not left out of the excitement as some of them in the advanced stage of treatment danced to the tunes in their wards.
Others stayed by the windows and waved intermittently to acknowledge the gospel artiste’s musical ministration.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, said the gesture to boost the morale of the health workers.
He described all the frontline health workers engaged by Lagos in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as “heroes”.
Sanwo-Olu was quoted as saying, “Today being Easter, I take a moment to identify with all our health workers; the heroes who deny themselves of personal wellbeing and comfort to attend to emergencies we are grappling with at this period.
“I left every other thing I am doing and thought it necessary to share this moment with those who endure great pain and discomfort to save all of us from the agony of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.”
Earlier, the governor and his wife, Dr Ibijoke, participated in a church service in commemoration of the Easter season online.
Sanwo-Olu shared some pictures of himself and his wife in their house during the service on Twitter.
In a tweet, he says Easter offers an opportunity for people to rethink their relationships, especially in extraordinary times.
In one of the pictures, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, was seen on a TV screen praying.
My wife and I worshipped online for #Easter, praying for our family, Lagos and Nigeria.
Easter offers us an opportunity to rethink our relationships as individuals, as communities and as a nation as we face these extraordinary times together.#StayAtHome#Social_Distancing pic.twitter.com/a9bsXUCQHO
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) April 12, 2020