Nigeria’s sports minister, Sunday Dare has announced that the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival slated for Benin City later this month has been postponed.

According to a tweet from his twitter handle, he announced that a meeting between the Ministers of Health, himself and a few other experts “just concluded now at the Health Ministry to review the COVID-19 situation vis-a-vis Edo 2020 Sports festival towards making decision on the postponement. A final decision will be communicated shortly.”

In another tweet, which followed two minutes later, he emphatically announced: “Edo Sports Festival to be postponed. Details coming …”

Barely 10 minutes later, the confirmation emerged: as the minister put up a third tweet:

“Following the briefing of Mr. President from myself and the Minister of State for Health on COVID 19, Mr. President approved the immediate postponement of Edo Sports festival to a future date”