Reps endorse June 12 as Democracy Day


The House of Representatives has approved that June 12 be marked as Democracy Day in Nigeria, and no longer May 29.

The approval followed the adoption of a report on a bill seeking to amend the Public Holidays Act 2004.

Considering the report at the plenary on Thursday, the lawmakers approved the amendments to three clauses ‎in the Act, as recommended in the report.

One of the clauses deleted May 29 as Democracy Day and replaced the date with June 12.

The amendment was necessitated by President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of June 12 as the new date for Democracy Day in honour of the late M. K. O. Abiola, presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election.

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