The federal government has declared Tuesday, May 29, a public holiday to celebrate this year’s Democracy Day.
Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) made the announcement on behalf of the federal government yesterday in Abuja.
In a statement signed by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Dr. M.B Umar, the minister congratulated Nigerians for witnessing yet another Democracy Day and pledged government’s continued dedication to entrenching democracy in the polity.
He also assured Nigerians of the government’s continued efforts towards guaranteeing security of life and property, revitalising the economy and tackling corruption.
The interior minister noted that a lot had been achieved in the area of security, particularly in the North East, and in tackling corruption, adding that recent statistics by the National Bureau of Statistics indicated tremendous improvement in the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.
Dambazau admonished the citizens to join hands with President Buhari “in his sustained efforts in building a peaceful and enduring democratic legacy.”
The day was first set aside by then President Olusegun Obasanjo to commemorate Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999 after decades of military dictatorship.
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