Just 48 hours to the first official celebration of June 12, as democracy day in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, June 10, assented to the public holiday amendment bill, which gives it a legal backing, into law.
Senator Ita Enang, the president’s senior special assistant on National Assembly matters (Senate), told journalists in Aso Rock that Buhari had signed the bill into law.
Enang made the confirmation after the signing ceremony.
The presidential aide explained that the newly amended law allows public holiday to be declared on June 12, every year while May 29th will no longer be public holiday.
As a result, May 29 will simply be for handing over.
Legit.ng earlier reported how a year after President Muhammadu Buhari announced that June 12 would be celebrated as the new democracy day, the Senate passed the public holiday act amendment bill.
The bill recognised the date as replacement of May 29 for Nigerians to commemorate the return to the civilian government.
The federal lawmakers considered the bill seeking to amend the Public Holiday Act on Thursday, May 16.
The bill, which is in concurrence with that of the House of Representatives, will now be forwarded to the president for assent.
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, had on Tuesday, May 14, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for taking steps toward fully recognising June 12 as democracy day.
Tinubu gave the commendation the in a statement released by his media adviser, Tunde Rahman, in Lagos.
He also urged the National Assembly to cooperate with the presidency to complete the constitutional process of making June 12 democracy day.
“To complete this process, that the president has started via executive order, we hope that the National Assembly act with reasonable dispatch in cooperation with the presidency to assure that the requisite constitutional amendments are enacted to fully establish June 12 as democracy day,” Tinubu said.
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