By Amidu Arije
The Federal Government has declared Friday, June 12 as public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day Celebration.
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.
Aregbesola commended the heroes of democracy for their dogged determination and sacrifice which eventually birthed Democratic Governance in Nigeria.
The Minister 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.
Aregbesola 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 wishes all Nigerians at home and abroad a Happy Democracy Day Celebration.
It would be recalled that, Democracy was used to be celebrated on 29 of May every year, but since the change of date on June 6, 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari to June 12 to honour the late Cheif MKO Abiola who was the assumed winner of the June 12, 1993 election that was annulled by former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, the day has been celebrated on June 12.