Popular musician, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley has written a letter to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu apologising for contravening the lockdown and social-distancing orders in the state.
The musician was due to be charged earlier in the week for attending a party hosted by Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband during the two-week lockdown of Lagos declared by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Expected to be charged alongside Naira Marley were the 2019 gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Party (ADP) in the state, Babatunde Gbadamosi and his wife, Folashade, who also attended the party.
However, charges were dropped at the last minute in exchange for an apology and few other conditions. The two other conditions that the musician and politician must meet include writing an undertaking to henceforth comply with the social distancing and stay-at-home directives and going into self-isolation for 14 days.
Naira Marley has since written his apology letter dated April 9.
“I hereby apologise unreservedly to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the good people of Lagos State in any manner that I may have violated the Social Distancing Regulations and the stay-home order of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Governor of Lagos State, as same was not done as a result of deliberate disrespect to their persons, authorities, and governments.
“That I agree to be in self-isolation in my house…for a period of 14 days commencing from today, Thursday 9th April 2020 and that the Lagos State Ministry of Health should supervise my isolation,” the apology letter read in part.
The state government shared a scanned copy of the letter and that of Gbadamosi on its social media handles.
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) April 10, 2020