To mark this year’s Democracy Day, the Federal Government has declared Wednesday, June 12, a public holiday, Theliberationnews reports.

The announcement is contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Aishetu Ndayako, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr Ndayako stated that the Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Nigerians on the occasion.

He said that as the nation marks yet another democracy day in its history, Nigerians should reflect on the efforts of our founding fathers and ensure that Nigeria remains a united country.

Mr Tunji-Ojo added that Nigeria should be a more secure, peaceful and indivisible entity for the benefit of all.

He urged Nigerians to remain steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance.

The minister said that President Bola Tinubu was committed to positive reforms to revive the nation’s economy and enhance security.

Mr Tunji-Ojo called on Nigerians and friends of Nigeria to appreciate the progress that had been made and look forward to a better future for Nigeria’s Democracy.

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He wished Nigerians a happy democracy day celebration.

On June 7, 2018, former President Muhammadu Buhari directed that the nation’s Democracy Day will henceforth be held on June 12 of every year as against earlier arrangement of observing it on May 29.

Mr Buhari also honored the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Abiola, with the highest national honour, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic.

Mr Buhari said further that, June 12, 1993, election was the freest, fairest and most peaceful election since Nigeria’s independence.

He stated, “June 12, 1993, was the day millions of Nigerians expressed their democratic will in the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since our independence. That the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then military Government does not detract from its democratic credentials.’’

President Buhari also conferred a national honour on Baba Gana Kingibe and recognised the late Gani Fawehinmi for his role in the actualisation of the June 12 elections.

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MKO Abiola died in detention while struggling to actualise his mandate freely given by Nigerians during the June 12, 1993, presidential election.

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