The Federal Government on Monday declared Wednesday, June 12, as a public holiday, to celebrate the nation’s National Democracy Day. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press & Public Relations, of the ministry, on Monday in Abuja.
The Federal Government’s decision followed the enactment into law of June 12 as Democracy Day annually in Nigeria.
Ehuriah congratulated all Nigerians. home and abroad, for the entrenchment of democratic rule in the country. She called on Nigerians to continue to cherish the sacrifice made by heroes of democracy in the country, emphasising that those who lost their lives in the struggle for the actualisation of Democratic Governance in Nigeria must not be forgotten.
Ehuriah further called for the collaboration and cooperation of all Nigerians with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration towards achieving the nation’s collective aspiration for unity, peace and socio-economic development.
She wished all Nigerians, at home and abroad, a happy democracy day celebration.
Democracy Day is a public holiday in Nigeria. It is held annually on May 29. This public holiday commemorates the restoration of democracy in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, when the newly elected Olusegun Obasanjo took office as the President of Nigeria in May 1999 ending multiple decades of military rule that began in 1966 and had been interrupted only by a brief period of democracy from 1979 to 1983.