FG declares Wednesday public holiday to mark Democracy Day

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The federal government has declared Wednesday, June 12, as a public holiday in commemoration of Democracy Day.

Aishetu Ndayako, permanent secretary in the ministry of interior, made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday.

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, minister of interior, was quoted as saying Nigerians should remain steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance.


“As we mark another Democracy Day in the history of our dear country, let us all reflect on the efforts of our founding fathers and ensure that Nigeria remains a united, secured, peaceful and indivisible entity,” the minister said.

Tunji-Ojo said President Bola Tinubu is committed to positive reforms to revive the nation’s economy and enhance security.

The minister called on Nigerians and friends of Nigeria to appreciate the progress made thus far and look forward to a better future for Nigeria’s democracy.

In June 2018, former President Muhammadu Buhari declared June 12 as the new date for the celebration of Nigeria’s democracy.

The decision was to posthumously honour MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

Before the new date, Democracy Day was celebrated annually on May 29.