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Democracy Day: FG Declares June 12 Public Holiday


The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, June 12, as a public holiday.

A statement from Dr. Aishetu Ndayako, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, on Tuesday, says the holiday is to mark Democracy Day.

Ndayako, who issued the statement at the behest of Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the Minister of Interior, said the holiday would provide Nigerians an opportunity to reflect on the strides made since the country’s independence.

Tunji-Ojo stressed the importance of unity, peace, and security, urging citizens to uphold the principles of democratic governance.

June 12 1993 was the day the contentious presidential election believed to have been won by the late business mogul, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, was held.

The presidential election is widely hailed as Nigeria’s freest and fairest.

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