FG Declares Wednesday June 12 Democracy Day Holiday

June 11, 2024
Democracy Day

By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government has declared Wednesday, June 12, 2024, as a public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Minister of Interior, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, congratulated Nigerians on the occasion.

He said, “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.”

He urged Nigerians to remain steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance, reiterating President Bola Tinubu’s commitment 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 that has been made and look forward to a better future for Nigeria’s Democracy, wishing Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration.

With its return to democracy from the dark years of military rule on May 29, 1999, Nigeria celebrated Democracy Day every year on May 29. The day is to celebrate the ideals of democracy since the beginning of the Fourth Republic 25 years ago.

In 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari moved Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12 in honour of one of the national heroes for democracy, Chief M.K.O Abiola, who was one of the two candidates in the suspended 1993 presidential elections.

At the time, he said this was “to remind all Nigerians of one free election after which the presumed winner (Abiola) along with Nigerians were denied their rights and their choice”.

The 2024 Democracy Day would be the second for President Tinubu who was sworn in as Nigeria’s 16th President on May 29, 2023.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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