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Democracy Day- FG Declares June 12 as Public Holiday

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The Federal Government has announced that Monday, June 12, 2023, will be a public holiday in celebration of this year’s Democracy Day. This declaration was made by Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, on behalf of the Federal Government.

In a statement released in Abuja on Thursday, Dr. Akinlade congratulated all Nigerians on this significant occasion. She emphasized that Nigeria’s democratic journey, like in many other countries, has faced challenges and successes. However, the nation’s institutions, the ship of State, and most importantly, the Nigerian people, have remained resolute in upholding the principles of democratic governance.

On this memorable occasion, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are encouraged to reflect upon the progress that has been achieved, celebrate the milestones covered, and look optimistically towards a brighter future for the country’s democracy.

The Day holds great importance for Nigeria as it commemorates the historic June 12, 1993 presidential election, which is widely regarded as one of the freest and fairest in the nation’s history. This day symbolizes the resilience and determination of the Nigerian people to have a government that reflects their aspirations and guarantees their rights and freedoms.

Since the official recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day in 2018, the annual celebration has become an opportunity to reaffirm the core values of democracy, including transparency, accountability, and citizen participation. It serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by past heroes and heroines who fought for democracy and laid the foundation for a better future.

As Nigeria marks another Democracy Day, it is essential to acknowledge the progress made in strengthening democratic institutions, promoting electoral reforms, and fostering civic engagement. While challenges may persist, it is crucial to remain committed to the principles of democracy and work together to address the issues that hinder its full realization.

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On this public holiday, Nigerians across the country can engage in various activities to celebrate and appreciate the significance of democracy. This can include attending community gatherings, participating in discussions on democratic governance, or reflecting on the nation’s democratic journey.

In conclusion, the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day and the subsequent public holiday provides an opportunity for Nigerians to reflect on their democratic progress, celebrate their achievements, and unite in their aspirations for a stronger and more vibrant democracy. Let us cherish the ideals of democracy and strive towards a future where the voice of every Nigerian is heard, and the nation continues to flourish.

 

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