The Federal Government has declared Wednesday June 12 as public holiday and the maiden National Democracy Day.
This is in line with the enactment into law of June 12 annually as Democracy Day in Nigeria.
June 12 was declared the new Democracy Day by President Buhari last year in honor of late MKO Abiola who won the annulled election in 1993. Democracy Day was formerly held on May 29 which usually coincided with presidential and governorship inauguration day.
Here are some hilarious reactions to the holiday below:
Last month, the Senior Special Assistant to the president Garba Shehu stated that the new Democracy Day will be made elaborate for the world to see it as Nigeria’s most important day.
“We want the world to see June 12 as this country’s most important (day) as far as democracy is concerned,” he said.
He also revealed that an elaborate inaugural celebration will take place on the day.
“Let me say emphatically, it is important that the President and the governors are being inaugurated on the 29th. Constitutionally, that must take place because their four-year term (2015-2019), expires on the 29th.
However, the President will be swearing an oath, taking the oath of office as would the governors be doing, but the big ceremonies associated with the inauguration have been deferred to June 12, in order that we empower, we activate this day in a big way”.