The Maigari, traditional head of Lokoja, Muhammadu Kabir has approved the cancellation of the 2020 Donkwo Fishing Festival.
Donkwo is an annual fishing event in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.
The organizers, Lokoja Forum of Patriots (LFP), made the announcement on Wednesday.
Festival Coordinator, Umar Nnda, and LFP Chairman, Idris Babango, in a statement, disclosed that Maigari arrived at the decision after consultation with stakeholders.
It quoted Kabir as citing the COVID-19 pandemic and government protocols as reasons for the cancellation.
“Going ahead to stage this year edition of the festival will not only put the health of our people and other guests at risk, but will also amount to an affront against the law and constituted authorities,” they said.
The organizers appealed to the people to continue to stay safe and observe preventive measures against coronavirus.