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FG declares Wednesday public holiday to mark democracy day

THE Federal government has announced Wednesday, June 12, 2024, as a public holiday to commemorate this year’s Democracy Day.

In a statement issued today, the Minister of Interior Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo congratulated Nigerians on the occasion.

He continued, “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 asked Nigerians to remain committed to the principles of democratic governance.

Tunji-Ojo emphasised President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to good measures to boost the country’s economy and security.

The minister urged Nigerians and friends of Nigeria to celebrate the progress that has been made and look forward to a brighter future for Nigeria’s democracy.

He wished all Nigerians a happy Democracy Day celebration.

Nigeria commemorates Democracy Day every year on May 29 since its restoration to democracy from the dark years of military rule on that date in 1999. The day commemorates the values of democracy since the establishment 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 Nigeria’s national heroes for democracy, Chief M.K.O Abiola, and “to remind all Nigerians of one free election after which the presumed winner (Abiola) and Nigerians were denied their rights and their choice.”

The 2024 Democracy Day will be the second for President Tinubu, who was sworn in as Nigeria’s Commander-in-Chief on May 29, 2023.

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