The Presidency has announced that there will be no public holiday on June 12, 2018, following questions raised on a holiday following the announcement of the date as the new Democracy Day.
In an official Twitter account, @asorock, the presidency clarified that the Presidential Order that declared June 12 National Democracy Day said the date would in “future years” replace May 29 as a national public holiday in celebration of the nation’s Democracy Day.
The tweet read: ‘There have been questions regarding whether or not there will be a FEDERAL public holiday on June 12, 2018.
“The answer is NO.
“Presidential Order says June 12 “in FUTURE YEARS will replace May 29th as a National Public Holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day.”
President Muhammmadu Buhari had, in a statement on Wednesday, announced that henceforth, June 12 would be celebrated as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.
He awarded posthumously, the presumed winner of the June 12 presidential election, the Late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR); as well as Abiola’s running mate, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe and the late human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).
The president’s decision has been hailed by many as the right one given the roles played by the recipients in the country’s democracy.