The governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, July 29, reacted to the viral video of a young boy telling his mom to calm down as he was about to be punished.
Sanwo-Olu said he was “moved by the boy’s sobriety” as the boy begged for one more chance as a “regular offender”.
He said that the video showed that parents put in a lot of work to raise their kids as he added that he hoped that the mother really “calmed down” as the boy asked.
The governor used the opportunity to tell Lagosians to calm down during this festive period as they mark the 2020 Sallah celebration with the consciousness of protecting themselves against Covid-19.
He also said he would like to meet the boy. Read more:
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I saw a video of one charming young boy online asking his mom to ‘calm down’ as she was set to punish him for his misdemeanour. I was moved by his sobriety, which reflected in his promise of “last chance”, when confronted with the fact that he is a regular offender. The exchange was indeed funny, but it depicts the efforts parents put in moulding children into responsible adults. I want to assume that his mom indeed calmed down because the appeal was moving enough to make anyone change their mind. Interestingly, the video inspired this special message to the good people of Lagos State because of the deeper meaning it conveys. Fellow Lagosians, we need to ‘calm down’ as we enjoy the coming holiday and festivity. It is a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s heart of sacrifice and faith in Allah. We need to emulate and demonstrate his sense of self-restraint at this time the world is combating the scourge of COVID-19. We need to be moderate in our celebration and also observe prescribed protocols towards defeating the deadly coronavirus, which are, maintaining social distancing, washing and sanitizing our hands, and using our face masks. The world needs responsibility and commitment of its people to oust coronavirus. I urge every Lagosian to ‘calm down’ and not get carried away by the ‘excitement of the moment’. Like the rest of the world, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and need to remain extremely careful to keep the gains of the sacrifices we have all made in the past months. Let’s calm down! Meanwhile, I would like to meet the young boy since we both have exclusive right to the phrasal verb ‘calm down’.