President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, signed the Public Holiday Amendment bill into law, which recognizes June 12 as Democracy Day and a public holiday, putting an end to May 29 as a national holiday.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang said the act now sees June 12 as the official Democracy Day in Nigeria, and will immediately replace May 29 which was introduced in 1999.
Enang said, “By the act amended and signed by Mr President, May 29 is no more a public holiday. June 12 is now a public holiday and the country’s Democracy Day.”
Meanwhile, Kwara State has moved activities celebrating the June 12 Democracy Day in the state to Friday, June 14.
Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to the Kwara State Governor said, “This is to enable governors, including Governor Abdul Rahman AbdulRazaq, on the invitation of the Federal Government, to join the President and over 80 foreign leaders and dignitaries at the inaugural national commemoration of the day in the capital Abuja,
“What this means is that the event slated for the Metropolitan Square and State Banquet in Ilorin will now hold on Friday 14th June instead of Wednesday, June 12. Kwara will nonetheless observe the national holiday slated for June 12 as earlier announced by the Federal Govt.”