The Yobe state government has cancelled the celebration of the June 12 Democracy Day for the reception of the newly elected Senate president, Dr Ahmed Lawan, who is from the state.
There were reportedly deliberations on whether the two events should be merged but eventually, an agreement was reached for the Democracy Day celebration at the August 27th Stadium in Damaturu to be cancelled.
The state governmet, according to a report by The Nation, released a statement to inform the public of the adjustment made to the activities planned for June 12.
In a statement released by the chairman of publicity Sub-committee, Mala Musti, the government said: “The chairman Publicity Sub committee for the inauguration of the Executive Governor of Yobe state, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni and the 2019 democracy day celebration, Alhaji Mala Musti wishes to inform the general public that some adjustments have been effected in the earlier activities lined-up for the 2019 democracy day celebration.
“Consequent upon this development, prayer sessions for peace, tranquillity and progress of the state and the country, in general, will be held on 12th June 2019 at the Yobe Mosque and Islamic Centre, Damaturu as well as all the local government councils of the state.
“In that regard, people of the state are therefore enjoined to pray for lasting peace, security and bumper harvest in the state and the nation as a whole."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that former Senate president in the 8th National Assembly, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, congratulated the newly elected principal officers of the 9th National Assembly.
In a series of tweets on his personal Twitter handle, @bukolasaraki, the former Senate president congratulated the new Senate president, Senator Ahmed Lawan; his deputy, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; the new speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila and his deputy, Hon Idris Wase.
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