The Federal Government has declared Friday, June 12, 2020 as public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day Celebration.
It is the first time any Federal Government will so declare since June 12, 1993 when Moshood Kashimawo Abiola won an election known as free and fair, the best ever had by Nigeria but annulled by the Babangida Administration.
Democracy Day had always been a South West celebration with Activists until President Buhari recognized Abiola and June 12 last year. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated all Nigerians at home and abroad for the entrenchment of democratic rule in the country. In a statement Monday signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Georgina Ehuriah, commended the heroes of democracy for their dogged determination and sacrifice which eventually birthed Democratic Governance in Nigeria. Ogbeni Aregbesola called on all Nigerians to continue to cherish “these selfless efforts and collaborate with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration to ensure the realization 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. He reiterated the need for all Nigerians to stay safe by observing physical and social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene, as well as other regulations issued by relevant authorities. He wished all Nigerians at home and abroad a Happy Democracy Day Celebration.