Democracy Day: FG Declares Monday Public Holiday

Public Holidays
Interior Minister

Federal Government has declared Monday, June 14, as a public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day (June 12).

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.

He congratulated Nigerians on the occasion and urged all citizens to support the present administration in its efforts at ensuring a United and prosperous Nation.

A statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore quoted Aregbesola as saying that “any form of agitation that threatens the unity of the country should be shunned for the good of all.”

The Minister insisted that the space known as Nigeria would be a haven of peace, unity and progress if all citizens love his or her neighbour and embrace the spirit of brotherliness.

“As we mark another Democracy Day in the history of our dear country, let us reflect on the efforts of our founding fathers and ensure that Nigeria remains one United and Indivisible Entity. No development can take place in an acrimonious environment,” he stressed.

“With the challenges we face in Nigeria today, I see an opportunity for us not to break up or break down but to break open; open up to ourselves in truth so that we may appreciate each other, understand each other, honour each other and live together in peace and prosperity,” Aregbesola reiterated.

He assured that with the concerted efforts being put in place by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to secure the lives and property of Nigerians and stabilize the economy, the nation will continue to get better.

“There will surely be light at the end of the tunnel,” he stated.

Presidency To Mark 2021 Democracy Day With June 12 Documentary

Meanwhile, Brand Spur Nigeria reports that this year’s Democracy Day will be marked with a documentary titled “Nigeria: Consolidating Democracy and National Unity”.

The June 12 documentary will reveal in detail all that transpired, political actors, and roles of all critical stakeholders during annulled June 12, 1993, General Election won by late business mogul and politician, Moshood Abiola.

The documentary would debut simultaneously on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Channels TV networks on Saturday at 8:00-9:00 pm, and TVC would repeat the documentary at 4:30-5:30 pm June 13.

According to the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu said that the 60-minute documentary featured the president and dignitaries, who were central to the annulled June 12 election and the events that followed, including retired Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. others.

Kola Abiola, Hafsat Abiola-Costello and Mohammed Fawehinmi, son of legal luminary Gani Fawehinmi, who along with Babagana Kingibe, was also recognized with a Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger national honour, were also featured in the documentary.

Shehu said sections of the documentary was dedicated to the annulled election, recognition process and evolution of Nigeria’s democracy and continuing quest for its consolidation and national unity from Independence in 1960.

He added that the documentary was filmed exclusively in Nigeria and directed by the award-winning, Nigerian-American, Hollywood-based filmmaker Ose Oyamendan.