- The federal government has declared Friday, June 12, as Nigeria's Democracy Day
- Over the last 19 years, the country has been celebrating Democracy Day on May 29
- President Buhari urged Nigerians to continue to cherish the selfless efforts made to attain democracy
The federal government has declared Friday, June 12, as a public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day celebration.
The Nation reports that the minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government on Monday, June 8, congratulated all Nigerians at home and abroad for the entrenchment of democratic rule in the country.
Legit.ng gathered that the minister commended the heroes of democracy for their dogged determination and sacrifice which eventually birthed democratic governance in Nigeria.
A statement signed by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Georgina Ehuriah, quoted Aregbesola as calling on all Nigerians to continue to cherish the selfless efforts made to attain democracy.
He urged Nigerians to collaborate with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to ensure the realisation of the democratic ideals which these patriots fought for, even at the cost of their lives.
The minister who reassured Nigerians of the federal government’s commitment to battling the scourge of COVID-19 with the cooperation of all Nigerians, advised them further, to take responsibility for stopping the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government declared Monday, May 26 and Tuesday, May 26, as public holidays to mark El-del-Fitr celebration after the successful completion of 2020 Ramadan fast.
It was reported that Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government in Abuja on Thursday, May 21.
Aregbesola called on Muslim faithful to replicate the life of kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighbourliness as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
The minister, however, expressed his concern about the spate of ethnic conflicts that have resurfaced in some parts of northern Nigeria in recent times.
He advised Nigerians to see themselves as a single entity and learn to tolerate one another despite their ethnic and religious differences.