The Lagos state government has reversed itself on the closure of roads around the city as President Muhammadu Buhari arrives town on a campaign visit.

No less than 18 routes and roads were slated for closure on Saturday, February 9, 2019 by the government.

However, in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Ladi Lawanson said following a review, an earlier statement announcing diversion and road closure will no longer be enforced.

He added that residents are now free to go about their normal businesses.

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Lawanson, who is also a member of the transport sub-committee for the presidential visit and the APC rally, said Lagosians should jettison an earlier announcement by the committee to the effect that there would be road closures.

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Lawanson said, “Lagosians have been very apprehensive that there will be traffic gridlock and we got a lot of feedback that we intend to grind Lagos to a halt. People are apprehensive; they think we are going to shut down Lagos; they think movement would be restricted and they are bracing themselves for what they anticipate would be the hardship that would be visited on them by the president’s visit and our own activities.

“The purpose of this press conference is to clarify that and to state emphatically that there will be zero to minimal adverse effect of the President’s visit tomorrow. I repeat, there will be between zero to the barest minimum amount of disruptions to the normal movement that Lagosians undertake on a Saturday like tomorrow.